Another record breaking WeBS count, with record numbers of goldeneye and gadwall recorded. The previous maxima count of gadwall was 98, so the 143 counted last Sunday blows that figure right out of the flood water.

Grey heron

6

Mute swan

8

Canada goose

5

Greylag goose

8

Great crested grebe

6

Little grebe

14

Little egret

4

Cormorant

12

Mallard

74

Gadwall

143

Tufted duck

282

Teal

138

Wigeon

75

Pochard

49

Shoveler

36

Goldeneye

21

Moorhen

8

Coot

194

Snipe

3

Water rail

2

Black headed gull

278

Green sandpiper

4

Lapwing

17

Shelduck

4

Common gull

10

Kingfisher

1

Other birds of note over the past week have included a water pipit, great white egret, bittern and pink-footed geese over. Water levels are creeping back up again and so unfortunately the only part of the reserve open at the moment is still just the short section between the Beach Hut and the 360 Viewing Screen.

Pink-footed geese ©Stuart Carlton. Twitter: @StuartCarlton48

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