On Sunday afternoon Murray Orchard visited Cliffe Pools where it was increasingly cloudy with a fresh southerly wind.  His count at the reserve was taken at high tide (13.11) and he reported - 131 Shelduck (Flamingo Pool), 905 Wigeon (Ski/Hidden Pools), 97 Pintail (Black Barn Pools and Ski/Hidden Pools), 910 Shoveler (yet another record count - 720 on Black Barn Pools, 190 on Flamingo/Ski/Hidden Pools), 20 Goldeneye (11 on Flamingo Pool, 9 on Radar Pool - total of 5 drakes), 2 Marsh Harrier, 30 Avocet (leaving roost as I arrived at 13.30. Not sure why all the waders left at high tide, perhaps too much raptor disturbance (Marsh Harrier)?), 3000 Dunlin (estimate of flock attempting to roost on pool islands, very flighty and left by 14.00), 500 Black-tailed Godwit (estimate of flock attempting to roost on pool islands, very flighty and headed off north at 13.40), 1 Mediterranean Gull, and 1 Kingfisher.  Close by at Cliffe Marshes Murray also reported 2 Ravens (often seen together, probably a pair), which were on sheep marsh near Cliffe Fleet.  One was mobbed by/mobbing a Marsh Harrier.

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