The Whitlingham Bird Report 2017 can be viewed or downloaded here. For previous years (2012-2016) see the links on the Whitlingham Bird List page.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2017, which is available http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/documents/ThorpeMarshesWildlifeReport2017.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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