Wetland Bird Survey Summer 2011

The WeBS Core Counts scheme is the principal scheme of The Wetland Bird Survey. Counts are made annually at around 2,000 wetland sites of all habitats; estuaries and large still waters predominate.

Monthly coordinated counts are made mostly by volunteers, principally from September to March, with fewer observations during summer months. During 2008/09, WeBS counters covered 3,300 count sectors at around 2,000 count sites, during the crucial ‘winter’ period of September to March. At least 1,500 were counted in any one of these months and almost 1,100 were covered continually throughout this period. The success and growth of these count schemes accurately reflects the enthusiasm and dedication of the several thousands of volunteer ornithologists who participate. It is largely due to their efforts that waterbird monitoring in the UK is held in such international high regard.

This is the wetland bird count for Rutland Water Nature Reserve from April to September 2011. Many thanks to everyone who helped count the birds.

Species April May June July August Sept Total
Mute Swan 208 256 326 475 464  542 2271
Bewick’s Swan [Tundra] 0 0 0 0 0   0
Whooper Swan 0 0 0 0 0   0
Greylag Goose 172 179 570 535 756  833 3045
Canada Goose 88 98 674 1051 1356  767 4034
Barnacle Goose 1 0 1 1 0  14 17
Pink-footed Goose 1 0 0 0 0   1
Egyptian Goose 40 31 56 65 90  122 404
(Common) Shelduck 53 62 40 38 11  3 207
Mandarin Duck 0 0 2 2 1  3 8
(Eurasian) Wigeon 14 5 5 16 6  2187 2233
Gadwall 150 168 203 213 705  1537 2976
(Eurasian) Teal 100 2 11 79 393  720 1305
Mallard 412 543 851 1057 1577  1808 6248
(Northern) Pintail 0 0 0 0 0  51 51
Garganey 0 1 0 0 2  2 5
(Northern) Shoveler 18 17 16 12 146  402 611
Red-crested Pochard 0 0 0 12 1   13
(Common) Pochard 0 1 5 0 34  50 90
Tufted Duck 389 216 250 2215 2971  7692 13733
(Greater) Scaup 0 0 0 0 0   0
Common Scoter 1 0 0 0 0   1
(Common) Goldeneye 21 1 0 1 1  2 26
Smew 0 0 0 0 0   0
Red-breasted Merganser 0 0 0 0 0   0
Goosander 0 0 0 0 0   0
Ruddy Duck 0 0 0 0 0   0
Lesser Scaup 0 0 0 0 0   0
Ruddy Shelduck 0 0 0 2 0   2
Red Throated Diver [Loon] 0 0 0 0 0   0
Black Throated Diver [Loon] 0 0 0 0 0   0
Great Northern Diver [Loon] 0 0 0 0 0   0
Little Grebe 8 4 4 19 41  106 182
Great Crested Grebe 84 105 122 240 220  462 1233
Red-necked Grebe 0 0 0 0 0   0
Slavonian Grebe [Horned] 0 0 0 0 0   0
Black-necked Grebe [Eared] 0 0 0 0 0   0
(Great) Cormorant 200 218 252 181 227  266 1344
(Great) Bittern 0 0 0 0 0   0
Little Egret 4 8 11 51 40  55 169
Grey Heron 12 6 11 13 16  29 87
Water Rail 2 0 8 6 0  12 28
(Common) Moorhen 22 48 56 62 68  95 351
(Eurasian) Coot 237 277 456 1250 1870  4186 8276
Shag 0 0 0 0 0   0
(Eurasian) Oystercatcher 20 19 22 12 0   73
(Pied) Avocet 2 6 9 0 0   17
Little Ringed Plover 21 24 28 26 13  6 118
Ringed Plover (Common) 0 27 20 0 13  13 73
(European) Golden Plover 0 0 0 0 0  3 3
Grey Plover 0 0 0 0 0   0
(Northern) Lapwing 35 36 206 872 483  1079 2711
(Red) Knot 0 0 0 1 0   1
Sanderling 0 4 0 0 1   5
Little Stint 0 0 0 0 0   0
Pectoral Sandpiper 0 0 0 0 0   0
Curlew Sandpiper 0 0 0 0 0   0
Dunlin 5 14 8 7 5  4 43
Ruff 0 0 0 4 17  7 28
Jack Snipe 0 0 0 0 0   0
Common Snipe 1 0 0 0 1  12 14
(Eurasian) Woodcock 0 0 0 0 0   0
Black-tailed Godwit 2 0 0 1 1  4 8
Bar-tailed Godwit 0 0 0 0 0   0
Whimbrel 0 0 0 1 0   1
(Eurasian) Curlew 2 0 3 6 4  4 19
Spotted Redshank 0 0 0 0 0   0
(Common) Redshank 2 3 24 9 3  1 42
(Common) Greenshank 1 1 0 9 20  3 34
Green Sandpiper 1 0 2 22 21  12 58
Lesser Yellow legs 0 0 0 0 0   0
Wood Sandpiper 0 0 0 0 1   1
Common Sandpiper 0 1 0 18 4  2 25
Spotted Sandpiper 0 0 0 0 0   0
Ruddy Turnstone 0 1 0 0 3   4
Red-necked Phalarope 0 0 0 0 0   0
Grey Phalarope 0 0 0 0 0   0
Arctic Skua 0 0 0 0 0   0
Little Gull 1 1 0 0 0   2
Sabie’s Gull 0 0 0 0 0   0
Black-headed Gull 270 220 110 37 255   892
Common (Mew) Gull 16 0 0 0 0   16
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 1 1 30 14   47
Yellow-legged Gull 0 0 6 7 0   13
Caspian Gull 0 0 0 0 0   0
Herring Gull 0 0 0 0 0   0
Glaucous Gull 0 0 0 0 0   0
Great Black-backed Gull 16 11 0 20 4   51
(Black-legged) Kittiwake 0 0 0 0 0   0
Bridled Tern 0 0 0 0 0   0
Little Tern 0 0 0 0 0   0
Black Tern 0 0 0 0 0   0
White-winged Black Tern 0 0 0 0 0   0
Common Tern 33 100 73 92 65  8 371
Arctic Tern 0 0 0 0 0  2 2
Mediterranean Gull 0 0 0 0 0   0
Green Winged Teal 0 0 5 0 0   5
Kingfisher 0 1 2 0 2  2 7
Sandwich Tern 0 0 0 0 0   0
Grey Wagtail 0 0 0 0 0   0
Canada x Barnacle 2 0 0 0 0   2
Canada x Graylag 0 0 0 0 1   1
Black Swan 0 0 0 1 1   2
Long-tailed Duck 0 0 0 0 0   0
Pochardxtufted duck 0 0 0 0 0   0
Pink-footed Goose 1 1 0 0 0   2
Australian/Shelduck 0 0 0 0 0    
Spoonbill       1 0   1
Total       8771 11928 23108 53642