The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/documents/ThorpeMarshesWildlifeReport2016.pdf

WHITLINGHAM: February wildfowl count



The ongoing saga that is connecting our house to the internet is ongoing, so here is a brief catchup on recent trips.

11th February 2017

February’s wetland bird survey was a rather quiet affair, with large reductions in the number of ducks from January. The most interesting sighting was two Little Egrets flying east over the broad, one shortly after I arrived and one a couple of hours later. A drake Wigeon was also of interest, and there were good numbers of Siskin flying around.


Combined totals of selected species were:
·         Gadwall 130 (2016: 39)
·         Tufted Duck 216 (2016: 164)
·         Pochard 25 (2016: 10)
·         Coot 179 (2016:72)

I couldn’t see the Black-necked Grebe on Thorpe Broad from my vantage point at Whitlingham, but I did see David Norgate who then saw the grebe, so it was present by proxy. As far as I know it was last seen on 14th February, having stayed for two weeks.

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