Water levels are holding up well, though duck numbers have begun to decline. Even so, a flock of at least 200 wildfowl included Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, a few Tufted Duck and several Pintail - including a very pallid female.
Hundreds of Common Gulls and Woodpigeons were feeding on the adjacent farmland; single Green Sandpiper and Kingfisher were along the river while Buzzard, Marsh Harrier and Sparrowhawk were overhead.
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Archive for March 2nd, 2009
A Slavonian grebe was seen on Burrowes pit this morning and another on the ARC pit. An avocet was also on the ARC pit and two common buzzards flew over. The black-necked grebe was still at Denge Marsh and a bittern was seen on New Excavations near Scott hide. An Iceland gull paid a brief visit to Burrowes pit this afternoon. A pair of long-tailed tits (historically rare visitors to the reserve) have started nest-building in scrub near the Hanson-ARC hide - a reserve first!