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27 Sep 2014

Pink-foot Spectacle

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Great birding and a great spectacle at the moment as the Pink-footed Geese influx continues. No concerted counts but undoubtedly 20,000+ birds in the area. At least one Barnacle Goose again and a few partial leucistic birds present among the flock (see below).

leucistic 2

No Whooper Swan as yet. It would be early but not unprecedented. We still have two birds on the reserve that over summered.

A good raptor day with 2 Peregrine, 3+ Marsh Harrier, 5 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk.

The usual waders but also Little Stint on Woodend Marsh. Kingfisher from the Ron Barker Hide.

Evidence of passerine migration with 3 Yellow Wagtail near the cattle shed at the end of the Reedbed Walk and possibly two other flying south. Again double figure Skylark, Meadow Pipit and wagtails moving south. A couple of Grey Wagtail present.

Along the Nature Trail 2 Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff.

Watch some of the Pink-footed Geese coming into roost here.