Wednesday, 22 May 2013

May peak bird counts

The monthly Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) was carried out last week, with peak counts including:

Light-bellied Brent goose 11
Shelduck 197
Eider 418
Common Scoter 60
Red-breasted Merganser 24
Long-tailed Duck 2
Oystercatcher 304
Ringed plover 363
Grey plover 308
Sanderling 50
Dunlin 1250
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Bar-tailed Godwit 60
Curlew 230
Turnstone 17

The count of ringed plover was great, hopefully we will have some breeding on the shores soon. 200 were seen at the Beal hide last week, this is a great hide to get close views of wading birds at high tide, without disturbing them.

If you are watching birds, please don't go too near them to prevent disturbance. Please remember the Reserve codes of conduct when birdwatching or taking photographs, you can find this here: Codes of Conduct

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