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Great egret & a crowd of cattle egrets

A great egret was back onsite last week making appearances at the Scrap hide through Sunday. Six cattle egrets spent the afternoon on the cobbled island opposite the Ramsar hide on Tuesday afternoon, photographed by volunteer Andy Burns.

Kingfishers are still around the nesting bank on Arun Riverlife Lagoon. There has been more lapwing activity on the wet grassland between the Scrape and Ramsar hides and the oyster catchers have been around, scouting nest sites? The team did our first butterfly survey on Tuesday - plenty were out in the morning but they seem to hide when they know we are counting! Still we recorded 27.

Wed 23 March

WeBS count (Wetland Birds Survey)

Arun Riverlife: 15 mallards, 2 coots, 2 moorhens, 8 tuftred ducks, 3 shelducks, 3 pochards, 7 Canada geese, 3 greylag geese, 1 shoveler, 2 lapwing, 1 kingfosher, 27 blackheaded gulls, 1 little grebe, 1 barnacle Canada cross goose.

Pelican Cove & outside Coastal Creek aviary: 1 mallard, a coot, 2 moorhens, 1 mure swan, 8 tufted ducks, 8 gadwall, 2 Canada Geese, 1 black-headed gull

Lakes & Forest exhibit: 103 mallards, 5 moorhens, 2 mute swans, 1 pochard

Reed swamp exhibit: 5 mallards, 2 moorhens

Old Black neck swan exhibit: 7 mallards, 2 coots

Trumpeter pen: 29 mallards, 2 coots, 1 water rail

Reedbed boardwalk: 28 mallard, 2 coots, 2 Canada geese, 1 kingfisher

Reedbed hide: 1 mallard, 2 coots, 1 moorhen

Scrape hide: 5 mallards, 2 coots, 1 moorhen, 2 tufyted ducks, 2 teal, 1 shelduck, 2 gadwall, 6 Canada geese, 2 greylag geese, 7 shovelers, 1 kingfisher, 45 black-headed gulls

Old Trumpeter exhibit: 2 mallards, 1 coot, 1 moorhen, 1 water rail

Sand Martin hide: 8 mallards, 2 coots, 1 moorhen4 shelducks, 10 Canada geese, 1 greylag goose, 71 black-headed gulls, 5 common gulls, 1 water rail

Bewick’s swan exhibit: 10 mallards, 1 moorhen

Old Tundra pen: 60 mallards, 1 coot, 2 moorhen, 2 Canada geese, 1 greylag goose, 2 oystercatchers, 3 black-headed gulls

Wetlands Discovery: 9 mallards, 2 coots, 2 moorhens, 1 tufted duck, 12 Canada geese, 2 greylag geese

Ramsar hide: 1 mallard, 3 moorhens, 3 teal, 9 Canada geese, 1 shoveler, 3 lapwing, 78 nblack-headed gulls, 225 common gulls, 2 Mediterranean gulls

Lapwing hide: 1 mallard, 1 coot, 9 moorhens, 2 teal, 2 Canada geese, 2 greylag geese, 2 shjoveler, 2 lapwings

Tues 22 March

Ramsar/Sand martin hide: 6 cattle egrets, 25 Canada geese, 7 greylag geese, 13 mallards, 2 tufted ducks, 1 teal, 106 black-headed gulls, 2 shelducks, 2 gadwall, 57 common gull, 4 coots, 2 moorhens, 3 wood pigeon, 3 lapwing

Lapwing hide: 1 lapwing

Wetland Discovery: 2 pochard

Woodland loop: 2 mandarin ducks, 1 water rail

Butterfly survey 2.30 pm - 4 pm: 27 total - 1 Brimstone, 2 small tortoiseshell, 14 peacocks, 10 commas.

Sun 20 March

Woodloop: 2 mandarin ducks

Ramsar hide: 2 lapwing, both in flight displaying

Sand Martin hide: 2 kingfishers on perch in front of the hide

Scrape hide: 1 great egret, 1 male lapwing

Reedswamp exhibit: 1 oystercatcher

Wetland Discovery: 20 mallards, 6 Canada geese, 1 coot, 1 pochard, 3 tufted ducks

Arun Riverlife: 8 pochard (4 pairs)

Sat 19 March

Arun Riverlife: 29 black-headed gulls, 2 shelducks, 2 greylag geese, 1 coot, 8 mallards, 8 tufted ducks, 2 oystercatchers, 1 pochard, 1 black cap

Wetland Discovery: 6 pochard

Lapwing hide: 1 lapwing

Ramsar hide: 8 Mediterranean gulls, 200 common gulls, 1 pochard.

Woodland Loop: 4 mandarin ducks

Scrape hide: 1 great egret

Fri 18 March

Woodland Loop: 1 nuthatch, 1 wood pigeon, 3 great tit, 4 blue tits, 1 wren, 3 moorhens, 4 pheasants, 1 water rail

Arun Riverlife: 1 kingfisher

Wetland Discovery: 2 pochards

Wet Grassland: 3 lapwing

Ramsar hide: 1 lapwing

Snad Martin hide: 2 oystercatchers

Scrape hide: 1 great egret

Arun Riverlife: 10 pochards