Sightings for week ending 11/12/2016

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Dartford Warbler – Courtesy of David Phillips

As the festive season approaches hopefully you’ll all have some more free time to get out there and see whats about. It has been a quite week this week but a few interesting birds have been around.

Farlington has seen a glut of Avocets with max count reported at 63. Let me know if you’ve seen more. These tend to hang out on the mud flats to the west but have been roosting on the lake also. There has been the usual large numbers of Pintail, Wigeon, Teal and Brents on the lake and grazing in the marsh. A Raven has also been regularly flying around the main marsh and a rumor of a Marsh Harrier was doing the rounds down there today. One was reported not far away yesterday so it is very likely.

Managed some fleeting glimpses of the Bearded Tits by the feeding station at the building today as well as some Reed Buntings.Staking them out here may produce some good photos.

The Short Eared Owls are still loitering in the point field and there are regular sightings of one of my favourite birds, Dartford Warblers. They are quite often hanging out with some Stonechats.

 

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