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First brood of Shoveler for the year

Martin Smith Hide

Our first Northern Shoveler brood appeared on the Tack Piece today, at least seven ducklings accompanied their mother, the habitat overlooked by the Martin Smith Hide is often favoured by the scarce breeding species. Two Kingfishers have also been showing here today along with Green Sandpiper and Little Egret.

Tack Piece

Grey Heron, Little and Great Egret.

South Lake

One Avocet chick with 20+ nests yet to hatch, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Pied Wagtail, 3 drake Teal, 2 drake Shoveler, drake Pochard, fledging Black-headed Gulls plus nests due to hatch, pair of Cranes with two chicks on South causeway from Hogarth Hide.

Top New Piece

21 Avocet, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Redshank, 14 Lapwing, 3 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall + brood of 6, busy with Reed Warbler at Zeiss Hide as they fed young, singing Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings, hirundines feeding over with Swifts.

Bottom New Piece

The Crane family in the hay crop.

White-spotted Bluethroat

Again reported singing in the Middle Point area this morning.

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