Aveton Gifford Marsh

Rather strong cool wind and very little in the way of small bird species to be seen, count of 33 Mute Swans on the river, 2 Greenshank, small number of Redshank a couple of Dunlin and a few Curlew seen, more Curlew could be heard calling from further down river.

On the marsh a pair of Egyptian Geese, several Shelduck and Raven overhead. A single Water Rail seen in the leat alongside the marsh, very secretive went into cover and not seen again

Lots of Pied wagtails over 30 counted at one point but constant arrival and movement of birds made it difficult to count further, Wagtails were very aggresive towards the small number of Meadow Pipit present constantly chasing them away.

Pair of Stonechat on the way out seen almost constantly as they moved along the fence line ahead of us.

Posted February 4th, 2013 at 6:04 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding