Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Another nice day,warm in the sun,less wind,though still westerly 8.am-9.30.
Along the river birds noted were - Common Sandpiper 1,Coot 7,Teal 36,Mallard 7 and Shelduck 2.Two Water Rail were heard,one being in the sunken marsh and the other in the NE corner of Abbey Mead.A count of occupied nests in the heronry totalled 26 (counted from the river bank on the New Hythe side).The east scrub continued to host the mixed thrush flock of which at least 60 were Fieldfare and 20 Redwing and in the west scrub 2 Reed Buntings were present.Duck numbers continue to fall and on my way around I only found 1 Gadwall,4 Shoveler and 20 Pochard.Still waiting for those first Sand Martins to arrive.

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