The Species list stands at 79 so far for 2017
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A very damp drizzly day at Stodmarsh with this months WeBS count to do. No sign off any Otters today at the corner behind Tower hide but 3 Woodcocks passed on their way to roost, a Snipe was calling overhead and 2 Water Rails were heard, also two seen. Joined by Mark Chidwick for the Harriers we were lucky to see 5 Hen Harriers all leave roost together at 07:32 including two males and watched them as they slowly made their way towards the southern end of the reserve and out towards Seaton or wherever they go. Three minutes later 2 more ringtail Hen Harriers took flight and spent some time over the reeds behind Tower hide 7 Hen Harriers in total, magic. While watching these we had 11 Marsh Harriers, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Barn Owl. As it was WeBS day we counted 183 Greylag Geese, 1132 Cormorants, 68 Mallards, 8 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 2 Great-crested Grebes, 227 Teal, 19 Pochards, 11 Coots, 6 Moorhens, a pair off Tufted Ducks, 1 drake Pintail and 3 Bewick's Swans, the two adults and 1 juvenile seen last week.New for the year were 3 Yellowhammers at Cow Corner and 16+ Corn Buntings just south of the village and nearby but, again, just beyond the recording boundary the Cattle Egret was in the hedged field. Other bits and bobs today included 1 Jay, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Mute Swans, 544 Lapwings, 1 Grey Heron and large numbers of Fieldfare and Blackbird.