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At the E flood around HT, Dunlin and Teal numbers were impressive –c 1000 former and 600 latter.
The Long-billed Dowitcher was feeding towards the SW aspect; Snipe were roosting with Golden Plover and Lapwings and there were at least 25 Ruff dispersed around the flood.
The adult Long-billed Dowitcher was present throughout the month with the juvenile also seen on 14th.
Other birds reported during the month included two drake Goosanders on 2nd, a ringtail Hen Harrier on 3rd and an adult male on 22nd, a Little Stint on 3rd, a Water Pipit on 22nd and a Brambling on 16th. The adult Long-billed Dowitcher was on the east flood.
circa 2000 Wigeon were well into TQ around South Deep and Fowley Island although no sign for me of the Shorelarks, and confirmed separately by two familiar faces. reported Shorelarks returning to the seawall from Fowley—-c`est la vie !
The `diluted` Curlew (presumed male); a subject of correspondence four years ago from Murray W and myself with the Natural History Museum , was again in the saltings. Difficult to get a digi shot from distance and with the wind.
A dozen Fieldfares were at early breakfast in the hawthorns, with others to the rear of the shrubbery, in what appeared to be a small overnight fall.
The duck Goosander was preening amongst the other wildfowl but departed SW towards the creek/ponds.
0830—1200 Initially still and 3deg; fresh W and rain imminent by close of play.
Pochard were scarce, but vision remains frustratingly obscured along Ham Road !
0730-1015 It was just above freezing with minimal cloud but less of a W/ NW blow than predicted.
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The drake Green-winged Teal was seen again on the east flood on 3rd but is proving very elusive.