BTO Atlas count: Hempsted

Friday 28th December 2007

A windy day with increasing rain although fairly mild. I surveyed SO81D around Hempsted with Andy this morning. Of course, taking in part of the landfill site meant a lot of gull counting - and Carrion Crows. I find it best in these situations to take a series of photos (like the one above) which can be 'stitched' together on the PC allowing a more leisurely and accurate count. Here is the total count for the two-hour survey period:

Mute Swan 1
Wigeon 2
Mallard 10
Sparrowhawk 1
Buzzard 1
Pheasant 17
Moorhen 1
Common Gull 39
Herring Gull 842
Lesser Black-backed Gull 648
Great Black-backed Gull 11
Black-headed Gull 156
Feral Pigeon 10
Wood Pigeon 13
Collared Dove 6
Meadow Pipit 6
Dunnock 1
Mistle Thrush 2
Redwing 20
Fieldfare 13
Blackbird 13
Robin 5
Stonechat 3
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 1
Long-tailed Tit 12
Great Tit 3
Blue Tit 5
Magpie 10
Jackdaw 13
Carrion Crow 347
Raven 2
Starling 30
Chaffinch 8
Greenfinch 6
Goldfinch 4

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