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Bird spotting notes

Most of our winter visitors have departed north to breed and summer visitors are arriving.

Canada Goose – a solitary bird feeding among the spartina on the marsh.
Brent Goose – only two birds seen on Sturt Pond. All other birds who have wintered with us have gone back to Siberia to breed.
Shelduck – 7 birds on the marsh.
Little Egret – Only 2 birds seen this visit but there are more on the pans just north of Keyhaven.
Black-tailed Godwit – 3 birds on Sturt Pond.
Whimbrel – 1 heard calling over the marsh.
Turnstone – 41 counted with 34 at New Lane Bridge.
Little Terns – 2; Common Terns – 2 feeding in the estuary.

Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers and Redshanks are taking up their breeding sites.

Wheatears are now passing through, heading north to their breeding areas.

Pete Hobby

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