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 Post subject: Freiston Shore RSPB 11/3
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:27 pm 
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Location: Dunston
An excellent days birding around the reserve with some nice birds around and a few surprises, best of which wasn't a bird.

Trees/hedgerow
Chiffchaff - 2 singing and showing very well
Tree Sparrow - 5
Long tailed Tit - 2
Goldcrest - 1

Lagoon
Scaup - 4 female showing well associating with Tufted Duck
Goldeneye - 16 (4m+12f)
Tufted Duck - 48
Shoveler - 2
Teal - 6
Mallard - 6
Pintail - 17 (8m+9f)
Wigeon - 260
Dark bellied Brent - 14
Little Grebe - 5
Black headed Gull - c.200
Curlew - 1
Black tailed Godwit - 2
Snipe - 2
Turnstone - 3
Redshank - 4
Avocet - 6
Knot - 12
Dunlin - 30
Oystercatcher - c.350

Wet Grassland
Goldeneye - 3 (1m)
Tufted Duck - 14
Mallard - 25
Gadwall - 41
Shoveler - 97
Pintail - 143 (76m+67f)
Teal - 398
Wigeon - c.2080
Dark bellied Brent - c.650
Oystercatcher - 2
Lapwing - 3
Redshank - 8
Curlew - 42
Little Egret - 3
Marsh Harrier - 1 female
Peregrine - 2 (1 male + 1 imm)

Saltmarsh
Merlin - 1 fem/imm showing well sat on post
Hen Harrier - 1 female showing well over saltmarsh
Little Egret - 1

Realignment area
Pintail - 3 (1m)
Teal - 10
Wigeon - 23
Avocet - 4
Little Egret - 1

High tide (sea and marsh edge)
Goldeneye - 4 (1m+3f)
Eider - 15 but distant (4m + 12 fem/imm)
Red breasted Merganser - 22
Pintail - 49 (23m +26f)

Car Park
Sparrowhawk - 1 at dusk rounded off a good day for raptors


Mammals
Brown Hare - 1
Common Seal - 2
Harbour Porpoise - 1 surfaced twice heading north approaching high tide. Biggest surprise of the day. I have seen several from the open coast but this is my first sighting in the Wash.

All in all a good days birding/wildlife watching.


Matthew


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