It was a cold start with the temperature around freezing there were a good number of Lapwings at roost on the Spit when I arrived and as usual they all got up, swirling around, making it tricky to count. After various attempts I came to an estimate of 200, the biggest count of the winter so far. They stuck around for quite some time before heading off west. A few minutes later some of them were back and they settled back in on the Spit until just before I left the site.
A Snipe got up, while the Lapwings were swirling about, and did a circuit of the park before heading off east.
The 3 Little Grebes and 3 Gadwalls were a nice surprise and the Black Swan was back again, hanging out with the 10 Mute Swans.
Here are the morning counts for WeBS.
Black Swan 1
Black-headed Gull 8
Canada Goose 2
Grey Heron 2
Little Grebe 3
Meadow Pipit 4
Mute Swan 10 Pair with 5 cygnets and 3 other adults.
Total number of species: 17, Individuals: 302