Our star of this week has to have been the stoat that is becoming a regular visitor to the reserve. It has been giving fantastic displays, energetically leaping around right outside the Observation Room! There were also some great views of flocks of Golden Plover sweeping through the skies, with around 500 being seen at the start of the week. There were also high numbers of Lapwing (220), Black-tailed Godwit (330) and Oystercatcher (500), along with 6 Knot, 24 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 35 Curlew and 5 Redshank. Autumnal wildfowl numbers are still rising, with top counts of 59 Shoveler, 22 Mallard, 158 Teal, 105 Wigeon and 104 Shelduck. It won’t be long before the lagoon is covered in ducks! The reserve is also still attracting relatively high numbers of Grey Herons, with 8 being seen at one time, as well as 3 Mute Swans, 27 Greylag Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 16 Moorhen and 3 Coot. Gull numbers also seem to be increasing, with counts of 35 Black-headed Gulls and 110 Common Gulls, along with 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3 Herring Gulls. The feeders were a little quieter this week, but we still spotted 4 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock, 8 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Blackbirds, 3 Blue Tits and 1 Great Tit. Finally, to round up the other species elsewhere on the reserve, there were sightings of 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 20 Starling, 3 Magpie, 2 Wood Pigeon, 8 Hooded Crows, 2 Reed Bunting, and 1 Sparrowhawk. Keep checking back for the latest sightings!!
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