Saturday, 17 December 2016

        The Species list stands at 161 so far for 2016

View list Here

It would appear that the KOS have lost all sightings post from February up to present day and, they are nowhere to be found within the KOS website. Also gone is the species list for the year but, I do have a record of that of which I will post a link.
Sightings will now be posted here and will be up and running properly from January 1st.
If you would like to send any sightings to me for posting, you can at

December 17th

On arrival this morning the skies were clear with a bright shiny 3/4 moon glowing and plenty of stars shinning brightly but, as the dawn was breaking the fog rolled in over the reed beds making Harrier counts very difficult. The more the sun rose the thicker the fog got and soon dark grey clouds arrived keeping the fog down. Despite this a Tawny Owl was calling constantly upon arrival, a Snipe called overhead in the dark and Water Rails were heard. The first Harrier was a ringtail Hen Harrier at 07.18 with the 2nd winter male  10-15 minutes later. A count of 22 Marsh Harriers was very good despite the visibility and a male Hen Harrier passed over the Lampen Wall very late at 09.0 and headed out towards Seaton. Also today were 4 Great-crested Grebes, 8 Pochards, 2 Tufted Ducks, 5 Gadwall, 33 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 15 Mute Swans, 1 Little Grebe and 4 overhead Lapwings. There 3 calling Cetti's Warblers, a male Green Woodpecker feeding on the path, 17 Long-tailed Tits, a fly-by Grey Heron, at least 1000 Cormorants, a couple hundred Fieldfares but, no sign today of any Bean Geese, Collard's was hidden behind Fog!

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