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16 Jul 2017

Today’s sightings

Rushy Hide

A nice selection of waders on offer here including Greenshank, 10 Green Sandpiper, 83 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 juvenile Little-ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Redshank.  The Redshank were particularly busy, occasionally squabbling and pursuing each other around the islands on the top pond.  A single Crane (Sedge) was also preening on the islands.
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South Lake Hides

Most of the waders were at the back of the scrape, best viewed from the Hogarth Hide.  The group included 126 Black-tailed Godwit, 63 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Ruff and 10 Redshank.  The Crane family were also down this end of the scrape and a pair of Oystercatchers and 4 Avocet were amongst the moulting ducks on the causeway in front of the Discovery Hide.
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Zeiss Hide

Waders on the scrape included a Dunlin flock of 113 birds, 29 Avocet, 17 Redshank and 75 Lapwing.
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Kingfisher Hide

Five Cranes were in the Bottom New Piece picking through the freshly cut hay.
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Holden Walkway

A total of 8 Green Sandpipers were present – 5 from the Knott Hide or Holden Tower and 3 on the Tack Piece scrape viewed from the Robbie Garnett Hide or Stephen Kirk Hide.  The bushes around the Stephen Kirk Hide are worth a check, lots of Chiffchaff were busy feeding here this morning and a couple of Bullfinch were also seen close to the hide.  A flock of around 40 Goldfinch are also feeding on the thistles and other seeds nearby.

A Peregrine was sat out on the Dumbles from the Holden Tower.  A single Curlew and Oystercatcher could be seen on the river, but more birds should be evident for this afternoon’s high tide.