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Bird spotting notes

Just a few notes from a recent visit.

It’s pretty quiet at the moment. Summer breeding almost over; waiting for the first early migrants to appear.

Considerable disturbance from increased visitor numbers, kite surfers, paddleboards, etc.

Shelduck – 11 counted on the marsh

Heron – 1 on Sturt Pond

Little Egret – 1 on Sturt Pond

Oystercatcher – 12 counted but probably more across the marsh

Curlew – 1 on the marsh; probably a non-breeder.

Great Black-Backed Gull – 2 seen

Common and Little Terns feeding along the shoreline and in the river

Swift – a small group of 13 heading south, spread out and following the line of the bank

Wheatear – 1 juvenile at Hurst, feeding and preparing to head across the channel

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