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Bird spotting notes

Just a few notes from a recent visit to Hurst.

Our usual winter visitors are still arriving, Brent Geese, Grey Plover, Wigeon etc but not in any numbers yet, as weather has been so mild.

Brent Geese – approx. 200 spread across the area.

Canada Geese – approx. 80 feeding on the stubble in a field east of New Lane. Now regularly seen.

Wigeon – around a dozen feeding on the marsh.

Little Egret – 4 counted, in singletons, across the area.

Black-tailed Godwit – approx. 100 in a tight flock resting on Sturt Pond.

Turnstone – counted 77 in total, in four different flocks between Sturt and Hurst.

Grey Plover – 10 counted in total across the area.

Mediterranean Gull – not seen on my most recent visit but over 200 were counted on Sturt on 18 October. This species is being regularly recorded in good number here most autumns.

Guillemot – 1 dead adult washed up at Hurst after a recent gale.  

Pete Hobby

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