Teal and lapwing numbers up

We are seeing 20+ teal and 10+ lapwing each morning between the Ramsar hide and the Sand martin hide this past week. The highest count for teal was 27 on Monday; for lapwing, it was 31 last Sunday. There were 2 wigeon onsite on last Friday as well.

A handful of shelduck have been seen daily as well – look out for them from the Ramsar, Sand martin and Scrape hides.

Last week we stayed open later on Wednesday 8th and Saturday the 11 for the evening roost. Ten marsh harriers were counted on Saturday, six – seven on Wednesday but it was darker earlier that day.

Check out the egret roost to the right of the Ramsar hide in the afternoon up until 4:20 pm when you ‘ll need to head in for closing.

Sat 18 Nov

Arund Riverlife area: 3 mute swans, 26 coots, 2 moorhens, 1 little grebe, 1 grey heron, 2 cormorants, 2 Canada geese, 5 tufted ducks

Ramsar and sand martin hide: 12 lapwing, 4 shelducks, 3 pochards, 1 snipe

Fri 17 Nov

Wood loop: 3 robins, 1 mandarin duck, 3 moorhens, 9 mallards, 3 wrens, 4 blue tits, 2 chaffinches, 1 coal tit

Reedbed: 2 Cetti’s warblers

Scrape hide: 2 wigeon ducks, 1 pochard duck, 3 teal ducks

Ramsar and Sand martin hides: 4 shelducks, 22 lapwing, 16 teal, 2 wigeon, 1 gadwall, 1 grey wagtail, 11 snipe, 5 cormorants, 4 mute swans.

Thurs 16 Nov

Sand Martin hide & Ramsar hide: 8 shelducks, 23 teal, 16 lapwing, 2 cormorants, 1 grey heron, and 1 kingfisher

Reedbed and Willow sphere: 22 mallards, 2 black birds

Pelican cove: 1 pochard, 6 tufted ducks

Wed 15 Nov

Sand Martin hide & Ramsar hide::7 lapwing, 4 shelducks, 12 teal, 2 pochard, 4 cormorants

Scrape hide: 1 kingfisher, 2 shovelers, 1 snipe, 3 teal, 2 greylag geese, 2 Canada geese, 3 gadwall f=geese, 51 mallards, 1 Cetti’s warbler, 5 goldfinches, 1 gold crest, 2 Egyptian geese

Reedbed: 1 grey heron

Wetland Discovery: 2 jays, 2 pochards, 1 stonechat

Tues 14 Nov

Sand Martin hide & Ramsar hide: 12 snipe, 3 cormorants, 1 grey heron, 2 little egrets, 74 Canada geese, 42 greylag geese, 13 lapwing, 2 shelducks, 56 mallards, 27 shoveler, 18 gadwall, 2 moorhen, 3 coots, 19 black-headed gulls, 26 teal, 2 wood pigeon

Arun Riverlife: 1 kingfisher

Scrape hide: 1 shelduck

Mon 13 Nov

Scrape hide: 1 marsh harrier (morning)

Sand martin hide: 27 teal, 5 gadwall, 9 shoveler, 6 lapwings

Ramsar hide: 1 Cetti’s warbler, 3 redwings, 22 snipe, 7 gadwall, 70 greylag geese, and 74 Canada geese

Wet Grassland: 1 water rail, 1 marsh harrier, 1 kingfisher, 1 peregrine falcon, 1 jay.

Sun 12 Nov

Sand Martin hide & Ramsar hide: 1 water rail, 19 snipe, 31 lapwing, 2 Egyptian geese, 1 shelduck.

Wetland Discovery: 4 coots, 1 wren, 10 mallards, 1 tufted ducks, 1 Canada geese, 1 black bird.

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A cattle egret in for the evening roost

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