Friday, 29 January 2010

Weather not been great over the last couple of days but I did manage an afternoon on the reserve yesterday. After a false start, 2 people spending 45 mins badgering me about the Fen Hide windows as usual, I did get great views of the bittern. Unfortunatly it didn't show for long and we were making too much noise with our 'detailed discussion'

Now the water levels on the fresh marsh have dropped a bit there were plenty of waders about. 4 avocet, 150+ lapwing and 38 ruff to roost plus at least 5 spotted redshank about. I tried to get some digi-scope images but the light was too poor.

Ended up at the sea but there was a large swell and the birds were very difficult to get a decent view of despite large numbers present. Large numbers of common scoter have moved closer inshore and at least 2 velvet scoters were with them as they flew further out along with over 50 goldeneye. The large waves have been churning up the seabed and large numbers of common gulls were feeding in the surf along with a cracking adult med gull.

Canada goose and velvet scoter take the total to 110.

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