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06 Nov 2018

Busy Top New Piece

Zeiss Hide/Top New Piece

The cut rides that were created by reserve staff last week worked has wonders once again, a Bittern showed for a few hours here yesterday. No sightings by 0930 today but that is quite typical, this species often shows later in the day.

The flood and recently cut field has also has had a great impact, water levels have risen to provide a feeding bonanza for many species.

1050 Wigeon, 450 Lapwing, 590 Golden Plover, 54 Dunlin, 18 Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Resdshank, 20 Snipe, 400 Teal, 53 Pintail, calling Cetti’s Warbler among the highlights so far today.

South Lake

The duck marsh has come alive, we’ve managed to re-flood the pool and it’s suddenly very busy with Teal and Greylag in particular.

Other species seen include 34 Herring, 5 Common, 2 Lesser-Black-backed among the Black-headed Gulls. The Great Crested Grebe and 7 Cormorant continue to show on deep lake with 6 drake Pochard among the few Tufted Ducks. 5 Black-tailed Godwit.

Holden Tower

30 Linnet, 64 Wigeon drifted downriver and 34 Great Black-backed Gulls on the Dumbles over high tide. A Little Egret was feeding on the lower Dumbles/Warth among the cattle.

Tack Piece

29 E. White-fronted Geese (9 juveniles) on the field, 5 Redshank, 400 Teal and 110 Wigeon on the scrape.

Martin Smith Hide

A male Sparrowhawk was resting on the fence and being mobbed by Pied and Grey Wagtails and Meadow Pipits.

Rushy Hide

57 Pochard, 30 Pintail, 65 Shelduck among the wildfowl flocks.