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Recent Sightings 4th December 2023

For the first count of December this year we’ve been greeted with a pair of beautiful Pintail ducks on the Main Lake! Pintail (pictured) are very graceful, elegant looking dabbling ducks, which feed mainly on plant matter. They are more commonly seen throughout the winter months, distinguished by their long tail feathers and slender necks.

Greenshank were seen in the Wadermarsh and the Saline Lagoon, feeding on small invertebrates and fish alongside Redshank. Greenshank have long, pale green legs as opposed to the Redshank which sports, unsurprisingly, bright red legs! Both these waders are actually types of large Sandpiper, and can often be found on coastal wetlands, estuaries, mudflats and marshes. They both have easily recognizable, piping calls which they’ll make whilst they’re flying.

Estuary - visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Black-headed gull 4, Light-bellied brent goose 100, Curlew 3, Oystercatcher 23, Hooded crow 2, Herring gull 5, Lesser black-backed gull 1

Main lake - visible from Sensory garden and Visitor Centre

Grey heron 1, Mallard 184, Teal 76, Gadwall 20, Moorhen 5, Pintail 2, Tufted duck 4, Coot 1, Blue tit, Coal tit

Shingle Bank - visible from Sensory garden and Visitor Centre

Teal 3, Mallard 4, Moorhen 3

Wadermarsh - visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Redshank 2, Greenshank 1, Moorhen 4, Little egret 1

Freshwater Lagoon - visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Teal 8, Mallard 1

Saline Lagoon - visible from Limekiln observatory

Little egret 1, Little grebe 5, Greenshank 2, Redshank 1

Peninsula Saltmarsh

Little egret 1

Brickworks

Robin

Woodland

Robin, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Great tit, Wood pigeon, Magpie, Blue tit


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