Dartmoor Goosander count

On Saturday 12 Feb, the last synchronised Goosander roost count of the winter targetted Dartmoor, where the six reservoirs and five clay pit sites visited at dawn produced a total of 47 (17 adult males). The highest counts were 16 at Avon Dam and 15 at Venford, with smaller numbers at Burrator, Fernworthy, Meldon, Cholwichtown and Whitehill Yeo. Counts on the same morning away from Dartmoor included 25 at Tamar Lakes, 15 at Blackhill Quarry, 13 at Wistlandpound, 11 on the Taw Est and 3 at Blue Waters. The Dartmoor count was only a little lower than in January and in other recent Februaries, but considerably lower than the 80+ totals of 10 years ago, which included one count of 51 at Burrator alone. Thanks to all who contributed, including the zeros!

Posted February 13th at 8:45 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News