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Bird spotting notes

Many more winter waders and wildfowl are with us now.

Brent Geese – around 400 counted across the patch in medium-sized groups
Shelduck – 48 counted on the marsh
Wigeon – approx. 200 on the marsh in 2 main groups
Teal – over 100 on the marsh
Red-breasted Merganser – 1 ad male feeding off North Point
Great-crested Grebe – 3 feeding off North Point
Little Egret – a total of 9 counted across the patch
Oystercatcher – 25 counted in small groups, spread across the area
Grey Plover – 16 counted spread along the estuary
Black-tailed Godwit – the main flock of around 125 in Keyhaven River estuary
Dunlin – a total of around 700; the main flock of approx. 500 at Hurst with approx. another 200 in Keyhaven River estuary.
Redshank – 43 counted in total, spread around the patch
Great Black-backed Gull – 1 in Keyhaven Harbour
Kingfisher – 1 seen in Keyhaven Harbour

Other sightings:

An adult Gannet and Guillemot found washed up on shore at Hurst.
A Common Seal was fishing off the East shore at Hurst

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