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Second kingfisher pair nesting onsite

A second pair of kingfishers seem to be nesting in artificial bank of the Sand martin hide. They have beat the sand martins to the space this year but there is plenty of room on the other side of the bank. We should be seeing sand martins moving through soon as they usually arrive in early April and we have just begun to see swallows on site.

The nesting kingfishers mean we have now closed and locked the windows in the Sand Martin Hide. The windows would usually be closed during sand martin nesting anyway, but this plucky pair of kingfishers have got in there early!

Thanks to visitor Chris Penrice for sending in this photo of a kingfisher on the cobbles near the Sand Martin hide.

Wed 6 April

Sand martin hide: 2 pairs of gadwall, 2 swallows, 3 great black-backed gulls, 2 tufted ducks, 2 pochards, 7 shoveler, 3 Med. gulls

Ramsar hide: 1 lapwing, 2 gadwall, 2 tufted ducks, 2 shoveler, 2 teal, 1 shelduck, 2 lesser black-backed gulls and 13 common gulls

Wetland Discovery: 1 pochard, 6 tufted ducks

Lapwing hide: 1 grey heron, 3 shoveler, 2 barnacle geese, 1 lapwing

Wood loop: 1 mandarin

Sussex Screen: 1 mute swans, 7 Canada geese, 3 coots, 2 shoveler, 2 pochard, 10 mallards, 24 black-headed gulls, 1 moorhen, 4 greylag geese, 7 tufted ducks, 3 wood pigeons, 1 reed bunting, 1 chiff chaff, 2 snipe, 2 Cetti’s warblers

Trumpeter pen: 1 water rail, 2 mandarin ducks

Arun Riverlife: 4 tufted ducks, 2 gadwall, 3 pochards, 1 oystercatcher, 1 lapwing, 1 shelduck, 11 tufted ducks, 10 gadwall, 1 pochard, 1 peregrine, 1 greenfinch

Lakes & Forest exhibit: 1 oystercatcher

Tues 5 April

Arun Riverlife: 3 lapwing, 2 pochard, 2 kingfishers, 1 peregrine

Scrape hide: 1 cormorant, 1 snipe

Lapwing hide: 3 lapwing

Wetland Discovery: 2 pochard

Lapwing hide: 7 snipe

Ramsar & Sand Martin hides: 24 Canada geese, 3 coots, 10 mallards, 88 black-headed gulls, 2 mute swans, 4 shoveler, 2 cormorants, 1 great black-backed gull, 2 lesser black-backed gulls, 4 greylag, 2 kingfisher, 1 pochard, 14 Med. Gulls, 2 shelducks, 4 tufted ducks, 1 Cetti’s warbler, 2 lapwing, 3 cackling geese, 40 common gulls, 2 gadwall

Mon 4 April

Lapwing hide: 2 greylag, 2 shoveler, 6 mallards, 1 coot, 2 snipe.

Ramsar hide: 7 cormorants, 1 pochard

Scrape hide: 2 pochard

Arun Riverlife: 1 kestrel, 1 lapwing, 2 pochard

Sun 3 April

Wetland Discovery: 5 pochards

Ramsar hide: 8 shoveler, 10 black-headed gull, 2 cattle egrets, 2 greater black-backed gulls, 2 lesser black-backed gulls, 6 cackling geese, 1 kingfisher

Sand martin hide: 2 oystercatchers, 3 tufted duck

Lapwing hide: 3 lapwing

Scrape hide: 1 lapwing

Arun Riverlife: 3 tufted ducks, 9 black-headed gulls, 2 Canada geese, 7 mallard, 3 coots, 1 kingfisher