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03 Dec 2018

Recent Sightings €- 3rd December 2018

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Count taken at high tide.

With Winter closing in, we’ve been topping up our bird feeders in and around the centre, with all sorts of garden birds visiting them. The real highlight is our family of Bullfinches. Big pink breast, thick beak for crushing seeds and a lovely white flash on the rump as it flies into the trees; its a spectacular wee bird. Families breed in the woodland in the summer but have been absent from the reserve for a couple months now. A couple of pairs are now back and can bee seen regularly on feeders by the Garden hide in the Sensory Garden, the feeders in the Living collections and also the feeders in the woodland.

Male Bullfinch taken by Wayne Davies

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Brent Goose 383, Shelduck 250, Wigeon 1, Eider Duck 47, (Lapwing flying overhead)50

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 226, Tufted Duck 24, Coot 2, Moorhen 4,

Shingle bank – visible from Sensory garden, Wadermarsh and Visitor Centre

Mallard 34, Moorhen 2, Greylag Goose 1, Cormorant 1, Black-headed Gull 22

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Kingfisher 1, Moorhen 18, Redshank 14, Greenshank 2, Dunlin 1, Coot 3, Black-headed Gull 19

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 17, Tufted Duck 5, Coot 3, Moorhen 3

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 3, Little Egret 1, Redshank 1

Limestone Lake

Cormorant 1

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Shelduck 1, Little Egret 1

Brickworks

Blackbird, Song Thrush

Woodland

Blackbird, Wren, Dunnock, Wood pigeon, Jay, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Song Thrush, Mistle thrush