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12 Jul 2017

Today’s sightings

South Lake Hides

The South Lake complex continues to attract a great selection of birds which can be enjoyed from the Discovery Hide or Hogarth Hide.  Ducks on the deep lake include at least 52 Gadwall mixed in amongst the Mallard and Tufted Duck.  Look out for Pochard, Teal, Shoveler and Shelduck here too.  The long-staying hybrid Wigeon from the Rushy has also relocated here with a female.  A pair of Little Grebe were also present with a single well-grown youngster but the Great Crested Grebe was alone, but hopefully the chicks were hiding.

The wader scrape held around 180 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Redshank, 4 Avocet, 39 Lapwing and 3 Ruff.  A Green Sandpiper was seen from the Hogarth Hide along with a Little-ringed Plover.  The Crane chick continues to grow well, attended mainly by Bart whilst Ruby feeds nearby.

Zeiss Hide

A flock of around 90 Dunlin were present this morning, busy feeding along the exposed shoreline with 14 Redshank, 50+ Lapwing and a Black-tailed Godwit.  Most of the Avocets have now relocated here with 30 birds present this morning.  At least 7 Cranes from the Great Crane Project were also here.

South Finger Walkway

Several warblers were noted this morning including Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler and Reed Warbler.  Check the scrub and reeds along the walkway as you head to the Kingfisher Hide.  A Common Tern was seen from the Kingfisher Hide and a female Mandarin was on the reedbed pool.