The highlight this week has been the daily sighting of a Little Grebe feeding in the lagoon. This is a more unusual sighting for the reserve, but we are sure that there are plenty of insects for it to feed on for a while longer! This week has also seen the first few high counts of Golden Plover coming into the reserve, with a top count of 500. Other wading birds have included 568 Oystercatcher, 12 Snipe, 191 Black-tailed Godwit, 145 Curlew and 8 Redshank. Wildfowl numbers are still creeping up, with top counts of 74 Shoveler, 44 Mallard, 257 Teal, 64 Wigeon and 36 Shelduck. There have also been sightings of 17 Greylag Geese and 4 Brent Geese, which were probably stopping off for a quick rest before continuing on to their wintering grounds on Strangford Lough. Elsewhere on the reserve, there were 2 Grey Herons, 11 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 40 Starling, 5 Cormorant, 4 Hooded Crow, 1 Sparrowhawk and a top count of 237 Black-headed Gulls. Finally, on the feeders there were 2 Greenfinch, 24 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit and 1 Coal Tit.
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