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Kingfisher pair back at the nesting bank

Pick up our Wildlife Observation cards to help us keep an eye on the kingfisher pair who have made the Arun Riverlife lagoon their territory.

The pair were sitting on the far right perch in front on the nesting bank on Wednesday morning around 11 for quite a while giving visitors a lovely chance to see them from the Discovery hide and from the windows of the café seating area in the main gallery of our visitor centre. Last Sunday this pair chased another kingfisher off their territory!

Kingfishers have also been spotted along the channels of the boat safari on Wetlands Discovery area. A second pair?

Other signs of spring? Lapwings have been appearing regularly on the wet grassland at Lapwing and Ramsar hides.

Wed 2 March

Arun Riverlife lagoon: 2 kingfishers, 4 male pochards, 1 lapwing

Front pond: (rescued from along the perimeter fence) 35 toads

Scrape hide: 2 coots, 2 Canada geese, 6 mallards, 13 male and 5 female shoveler, a pair of shelducks, and 1 little grebe.

Tues 1 March

Lapwing hide & wet grassland: 3 lapwing (1 mobbing a crow, 1 flying over and calling, and a male feeding)

Ramsar hide: 11 mallards, 5 greylag geese, 8 Canada geese, 3 moorhens, 2 coots, 8 black-headed gulls, 2 shelduck

Sand martin hide: 2 teal, 2 shelducks

Scrape hide: 2 male pochards

Arun Riverlife: 1 lapwing feeding on the grassland, 4 pochards

Mon 28 Feb

Scrape hide: a pair of pochards, 3 mandarin ducks

Ramsar hide: 1 oystercatcher, 4 cackling geese

Sun 27 Feb

Arun Riverlife: 3 kingfishers, a pair chased of a lone bird, 4 pochards

Wetland Discovery: 2 robins, 10 tufted ducks, a pair of kingfishers, 6 Canada geese, 7 mallards, 1 coot, 3 pheasants

Ramsar hide: 2 lapwing

Lakes & Forest exhibit: 1 treecreeper

Sat 26 Feb

Arun Riverlife: a pair of kingfishers, 2 gadwall, 13 mallard, 5 Canada geese, 78 black-headed gulls, 2 moorhen, 3 coots, 4 shelducks, 4 tufted ducks. Pelican Cove: a pair of pochard

Ramsar hide: 1 lapwing

Lapwing hide: 2 lapwing

Fri 25 Feb

Arun Riverlife:3 pochard, 2 kingfishers

Wood Loop: 3 pheasants, 4 moorhens, 7 blue tits, 1 dunnock, 2 wrens, 1 song thrush

Ramsar hide: 1 lapwing