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16 Apr 2018

Nesting Mediterranean Gulls, a reserve first.

Rushy Hide

The pair of Oystercatcher, a few pairs of Teal and Avocet and the female Wigeon (with hybrid male partner) among the highlights. A pair of Lapwing are also on territory here. One Redshank feeding on the islands.

Tack Piece

The water levels are dropping and the very last winter duck includes 15 Wigeon, 15 Shoveler, small numbers of Teal were accompanied by 13 Redshank, 26 Mute Swan and c20 Curlew.

Holden Tower

Singing Willow Warblers, Blackaps and Chiffchaffs along the path. Pair of Peregrine, c30 Curlew and 6 Lapwing on the Dumbles, 66 Avocet on Dumbles scrape. Two Sand Martin with a few ‘local’ Swallows over the floods. Three Ringed Plover and c15 Dunlin appeared over high tide on the Severn.

South Lake

At least 5 Mediterranean Gull, the paired adult and second summer (yellow ring 2x7N) is nesting! This would be a first for the reserve and the county. 333 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Avocet, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Grebe.

Decoy Pond

Drake Pochard with the Tufted Ducks and Shelduck.

Zeiss Hide

6 Lapwing, 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 3 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler and 16 Teal.

Kingfisher Hide

The female Kingfisher was resting in the willows to the right of the nest hole at 0900am. Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler all singing and audible from the path.