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Recent Sightings 20th November 2023

A very windy count this morning as the tide went out, taking the divers and sea ducks with it. However, several Great-crested grebe and a small group of Red-breasted merganser were still visible from the Limekiln Observatory – their long necks and distinctive saw-bill shape making them easy to identify from a distance. Flocks of Brent geese were out feeding on the exposed mudflats, alongside Curlew, Godwit and tiny Dunlin braving the blustery weather.

Coal tits, Blue tits and Long-tailed tits (pictured) were flitting around the Liberties, making their high-pitched calls and moving through the trees in groups, searching for food. Tits will often flock together throughout the winter to help each other find food and to keep warm at night, seeing out the colder months together.

Estuary - visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Little egret 4, Lesser black-backed gull 4, Greater black-backed gull 1, Mute swan 2, Shelduck 4, Wigeon 11, Great-crested grebe 3, Herring gull 8, Curlew 2, Light-bellied brent goose 305, Oystercatcher 59, Red-breasted merganser 8, Black-headed gull 6, Greenshank 1, Common gull 1, Hooded crow 8, Black-tailed godwit 6, Redshank 52, Cormorant 2, Dunlin 20

Main lake - visible from Sensory garden and Visitor Centre

Mallard 141, Teal 68, Gadwall 7, Tufted duck 2, Kingfisher 2, Moorhen 1

Shingle Bank - visible from Sensory garden and Visitor Centre

Teal 4, Mallard 8, Moorhen 1

Wadermarsh - visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Teal 5

Freshwater Lagoon - visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 4, Moorhen 1, Teal 2

Saline Lagoon - visible from Limekiln observatory

Little egret 1, Little grebe 4

Brickworks

Robin, Jackdaw

Limestone Lake

Little grebe 2, Blackbird

Woodland

Blackbird, Hooded crow, Robin, Magpie, Wood pigeon, Blue tit, Coal tit, Long-tailed tit


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