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04 Aug 2018

A set of Sandpipers

Rushy

A good hot spot this morning single Wood and Common Sandpipers and 11 Greens. A dozen Black Tailed Godwiits with 1 Dunlin and a cracking group of 5 Snipe showing well. Still 4 young Avocets, Juvenile Pied Wagtails all over and 5 Cormorants on the main lake with lots of young Tufted Ducks. The Crane family were at the back of the pond.

South Lake

A tight group of roosting waders with 104 Black Tailed Godwits, 18 Redshank, 4 Avocet an adult Curlew Sandpiper and at least 12 Ruff among them. Five Snipe possibly the Rushy birds dropped in and a Green Sandpiper was close to the Hogarth Hide. The adult Cranes and both youngster were showing well, the larger one was seen to fly for the first time yesterday covering a distance of 20M or more. Following a big influx of young cormorants their was 18 on the lake this morning along with a mixed group of 250 ducks all in their brown moult (eclipse) plumage a great chance learn to seperate Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall and Mallards. Lots of Tufted Ducks as well and 1 young Pochard.

 

Zeiss Hide

A juvenile Marsh Harrier was stirring things up early on but waders beginning to reappear. Still 92 Lapwing, 15 Avocet, 44 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and a Greenshank. Also 1 Grey Heron the adult Cranes could be seen distantly in tall vegetation and there was 57 Greylag and 95 Teal.