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21 Apr 2017

Lots of long legs

Bird news from the reserve is being dominated by birds with long legs.  The 3 Black-winged Stilts remain on the South Lake this morning, with a pair showing well from the Discovery Hide and a single birds out from the Hogarth Hide.  A Great White Egret was down on the Bottom New Piece as viewed from the Kingfisher Hide.

Black-winged Stilts (c) S Petrek

South Lake Hides

The pair of Black-winged Stilts were showing very well this morning feeding along the edge of the causeway directly in front of the Discovery Hide.  Another single bird was feeding at the back of the duck marsh from the Hogarth Hide.  Other long-legged birds on the wader scrape included 38 Avocet, 331 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatchers and 5 Ruff.  Earlier this morning a pair of Cranes were also seen.
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Kingfisher Hide

A Great White Egret was feeding in the scrape on the Bottom New Piece near the seawall, and the bird can also be viewed from the Zeiss Hide.  A single Redshank and 14 Lapwing were also in the field.  Kingfisher activity remains low as (we hope) the birds are now incubating eggs.  A pair of Gadwall and 4 Tufted Duck were on the pond.
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Rushy Hide & Peng Observatory

A Common Sandpiper was feeding along the edge of the lower pond where 20 Avocets were also busy.  A pair of Oystercatcher were on the causeway.
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Holden Tower and Walkway hides

Two Cranes were on the Tack Piece.  The scrub and reedbeds along the walkway are filled with warbler song from Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.