4th March 2015

Generally quiet still locally, with the highlight being three Avocets¬†over the north of the town (CW) on 28th, sadly not subsequently dropping in at local wetlands. On the sea, minimal movements have at least included two Scaup on 26th (JS) but little else apart from expected ‘local’ species (with e.g. auks and Gannets now present in good numbers daily).

Barn Owl (Mike Cole)

Barn Owl (Mike Cole)

At the Dams and East Lea, Barn Owls are being seen with increasing frequency and two Buzzards circled overhead on 2nd, while up to 65 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 24 Coots, five Shelducks (disputing territory), at least three Water Rails and small numbers of Gadwall, Tufted Ducks and Shovelers are also present.

Teal at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Teal at the Dams (Mark Pearson)