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14 May 2018

Avocets keep hatching and walking

Holden Tower

The Avocet colony is very busy, what is likely to be the fifth brood has hatched today with many more nests yet to hatch. The parents spend a day or two at the scrape then lead the young to nearby scrapes or even the estuary. Lapwing (with brood) and Oystercatcher (nesting) also on the Dumbles. A pair of Peregrine were also out on the estuary shore with c12 Ringed Plover, c 7 Dunlin, 4 Curlew and 50+ Shelduck also present.

Rushy Hide

Six Avocet, two Black-tailed Godwit and a pair of Oystercatcher representing waders, c20 Shelduck and 6 Tufted Duck were loafing and 40 Black-headed Gull include the breeding pairs.

Tack Piece

4 Avocet, 2 broods of Lapwing, flocks of Shelduck, Canada and Greylag Geese and Little Egret and Wigeon on the scrape.

South Lake

60 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Avocet, pair of Mediterranean Gull and nesting Cranes.

Kingfisher Hide

Singing Cuckoo, Sedge and Reed Warblers, Reed Bunting plus Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Little Grebe nesting and Kingfishers are still active. A female Teal, a few Shoveler, 2 pairs of Redshank and 10 Lapwing, many with young.