This past week has finally seen the numbers of Shelduck on the lagoon increase by a large amount, with a top count of 85 being seen. Other wildfowl numbers included 56 Wigeon, 217 Teal, 44 Mallard and 34 Shoveler. The muddy banks and shallow water on the far side of the lagoon have hosted 344 Oystercatcher, 330 Golden Plover, 119 Lapwing, 14 Dunlin, 225 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 236 Curlew, 11 Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 1 Curlew Sandpiper, as well as 40 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Common Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Herring Gulls. Lots of our small birds are also starting to be seen at the feeders regularly as the weather gets cooler, including 3 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Redpoll, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Great Tits and 1 Robin. Elsewhere on the reserve, there were also sightings of 3 Grey Herons, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 19 Moorhen, 38 Starlings, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 3 Hooded Crows and 4 Magpies.
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