Little Marlow GP is my local birding patch in South Bucks. This is a record of the birds seen during my regular visits. It includes record photos of many of my sightings, but I am not a photographer, so do not expect good quality images!
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Friday, 13 January 2012
How Many Lapwings?
10th January - there was a small flock of 15 Siskins flying around the car park as I arrived. The pit was pretty much as usual, but with fewer LWHG. I counted 21 GBB Gulls today, 17 adults, a 2nd winter and 3 1st winters. A small flock of 11 Golden Plover was with the large Lapwing flock on the spit. These Lapwings are forever flushing, usually for little reason, and put up a lot of other birds at the same time. I rarely attempt to count them, but on one occasion today, after flushing, they formed 2 distinct fairly tight flocks, so I took 2 photos and counted them back on my PC - I reached 1,552 birds, which is quite a number.
Flock 1 - 688 birds
Flock 2 - 864 birds
On the wildfowl front, the Shelducks had increased to 3 birds with the addition of another male and I counted 67 Pochard.