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01 Dec 2018

Excellent Crane watching

Holden Tower

Crane 16 on the Dumbles including all 3 juveniles and the 2 un-ringed birds.
Peregrine 2 adults on the cross fence.
Teal 70 in the Holden Scrape which is beginning to hold some water.

Willow Hide

Water Rail 3 showing very well at feeders.

Tack Piece

Teal 650 in the scrape and close to all hides.
Wigeon 50
Lapwing a very impressive 1860
Golden Plover 180 and increasing.
Dunlin 189 among the Lapwing.
Redshank 26 my highest count for a while.
Curlew 12.

Jack Snipe no sign yet from Martin Smith Hide but seen there yesterday afternoon.

Rushy

Bewicks Swan 44 probably the whole flock still present at 08.00 and at least 6 new birds through the day including a family of 2 young.
Greylag goose 220
Pintail 56
Teal 92
Pochard 89
Tufted duck 298
FeruginousX Pochard the usual male.
Black Tailed Godwit 29
Redshank 1
Snipe 9
Grey wagtail 1

Zeiss hide

Pochard 5
Pintail 61
Dunlin 207
Ruff 12
Golden Plover 163
Black Tailed Godwit 1
Redshank 1
Snipe 21

Kingfisher Hide

White fronted Goose 21
Sparrowhawk 1

reports of a Dipper near the visitor center that flew south through the grounds probably a first for the reserve.