Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Species list stands at 146 so far for 2017

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May 28th    

There has not been really that much to report from the area of late, it's all much of the same old same. Plenty of Reed and Sedge Warblers around. Whitethroats, Cetti's, Reed Buntings all in fine breeding fettle but, the ramp pool has just a few moulting Mallard and Gadwall while a single pair of Lapwings are brooding on the island at Feast hide. Now four pairs of Common Tern have also taken up residence and are seeing of all comers that enter the air, floor or water space in their territory. A Barn Owl has been regularly hunting and carrying its prey off towards Chislet. A male Bittern has been booming behind Marsh hide with a second boomer there this evening. There are at least 6 Turtle Doves now with birds being seen and heard daily but Nightingale numbers are well down with probably no more than 4 singing males .Only 2 Hobbies seen this weekend but there were 12 in the air last Saturday. There are three well grown healthy Lapwing chicks in the marsh at Marsh hide but numbers are well down on previous years and Redshank looks to be extinct as a breeder and visitor with just two bird sightings this year. A new bird was added to the year list this morning discovered by Mark Chidwick but unfortunately we are not allowed to release news of what species it is or its whereabouts. Hopefully the autumn will bring some better birds if this summer fails over the next couple of weeks.


Reed Warbler

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