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Watched from 07:30 till 13:45

Started by doing the hedges around bowling green and turned out not to bad with a garden warbler up near the viewing platform , 27+ chiffchaffs , 2 willow warblers, 2 blackcap, 21+ goldcrests, 3 song thrush plus the usual groups of long tailed tits, blue tits, great tits, 4+ coal tits, 3 nuthatch, 1 treecreeper, green woodpecker, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, 5+ jay, 2 Raven , 24+ skylarks over, 12+ meadow pipits.

from the hide on bowling green marsh , 5 juv curlew sandpipers came in from the river clyst( seen from viewing platform earlier) 1 spotted redshank, 21+ greenshank, 150+ redshank, 1 juv ringed plover, 2 water rail, 2 grey wagtail, 1 white wagtail, 6 pied wagtails, 550+ black tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ lapwing, 35+ pintail among good numbers of teal and wigeon , 5+ dunlin, 60+ curlew, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 1st winter)

from the viewing platform from 12:00 15+ avocet, 74+ grey plover, 30+ bar tailed godwits, 500+ dunlin, surprisingly another 3 juv curlew sands ( the waders on bowling green had not come out yet so now the day total was 8+ ) , 1 osprey was  fishing down of mudbank putting all the wigeon and Brent geese up a spectacular sight.

a quick look from the goatwalk produced another 4 curlew sandpipers and 12 golden plover among more curlew lapwing and another 40+ grey plover.

no rarities but a good morning around the marsh 

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 6:53 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News