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  1. Lagoons 1930-2100hrs. 1spoonbill flew in from the east at 2025hrs and a bird flew out east at 2040. Possibly a…

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  1. Lagoons 1930-2100hrs. 1spoonbill flew in from the east at 2025hrs and a bird flew out east at 2040. Possibly a changeover at the nest but can’t say for sure. At least one other adult roosting and 2 sub-adults. Gt white was in the heronry. Summer plum dark bill, feather extensions and lime green lores.. 3 yg gr cr. Grebe on west lagoon. 5 avocet chicks feeding on the spreads at dusk when returned by vc – where noticed access to viewing platform had been blocked off.

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  2. Main Bay am.
    Common Tern 19, Avocet 15 +5yng, Little Ringed Plover 4, Lapwing 3, Little Egret 1, Great Crested Grebe 8, Black-headed Gull 86, Herring Gull 69, Lesser Black-backed Gull 1.
    Village Bay am.
    2 Oystercatcher with 3yng
    Lin Dike pm
    Avocet 6, Little Ringed Plover 2,Lapwing 2, Great White Egret 1 (Dark Bill). Cetti’s Warblers singing almost everywhere and 2 Grasshopper Warblers singing, 1 near Warbler Corner and the other between the path, the railway embankment, pylon pool and car park.

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  3. 23/05 Main bay 1600-1700hrs Peregrine. Turnstone. Common Sandpiper LRP 3. Common tern c20. Swift c200. Oy chick still. 5 avo chicks- 3 broods.

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  4. Main Bay 7.30am – Mute Swan 18, Avocet 20 +5yng, C.Tern 19, LRP 2, Great Crested Grebe 11, Moorhen 3 +1yng, Tufted Duck 17, Gadwall 15, Mallard 14, Shoveler 2, Pochard 6, Domestic Duck 3, Coot 13, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 1, Shelduck 3, Black-headed Gull 52, Canada Goose 2, Greylag Goose 14.
    Village Bay 8.15am – Mute Swan 66, Oystercatcher 1, Greylag Goose 4, Canada Goose 8, Grey Heron 2, Mallard 15, Gadwall 9, Pochard 6, Tufted Duck 4, Shoveler 2,Coot 4, Great Crested Grebe 5, Cormorant 9, Cuckoo 1 and a Spoonbill flew off high East.
    Riverbank Trail – Yellowhammer pair, Garden Warbler 1, Blackcap 2.
    Butterflies and Dragonflies/Damselflies – Common Blue 1, Banded Demoiselle 3

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  5. Newton Lagoons/Moat area 0700 to 0930hrs. Spoonbill-7. Lt Egret 3 Teal-1.Gc grebe with 3yg on West Lagoon. Mistle Thrush-3. Common tern -2.. LRP -4.Cuckoo-1 9 (no sign of hepatic female). HOBBY-( per Jason Higgins) Green Woodpecker-4+. Butterflies – 1 Common Blue. On way back at VC Lesser Whitethroat singing in carpark and 4+ Brimstones..
    Main bay 2020-2100 hrs. Yellow Wag 2. Common Sandpiper-1. LRP -3. Shelduck 18. Common Tern 18.

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  6. Presumably same Great Egret at Moat c2100hrs(dark bill) also 6 Spoonbill and 2 Lt egret. On Newton Lagoons hepatic female cuckoo with a male in birch forest by west lagoon. Over 500 BLK hds hawking insects at dusk. Main bay c0800hrs 5 Dunlin and 1 ringed plover ( presumably same flock on Spoonbill flash. 6 avocet young and Oystercatcher chick there.c20 common tern and 50 mute swans.

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  7. Grasshopper warbler reeling last night at Lin Dike. Between the path, the railway embankment, pylon pool and car park. Wood Sand, 11 Avocet, 3 Oystercatcher and 2 LRP on Spoonbill Flash at 9pm. 2 Avocet on Hicksons Flash.

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  8. Main Bay 0800-0900 avocet2 3yg Oystercatcher 1yg. LRP 3, C.sand 1. C10 pr common tern. Red kite over village and “plenty”Sand Martin using the wall there. Pr Oy village bay island .

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  9. Lin Dike this morning from 8am
    2 LRP, 4 Dunlin (2 West), Ringed Plover, 3 Avocet and a Linnet.
    Spoonbill, Dunlin and 3 Yellow Wagtail on New Flash.

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  10. Wood Sandpiper distant from Lin Dike hide this morning along with 4 LRP, 7 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Shelduck, 1 White Wag and 3 Common Terns.
    2 Avocets and 2 Common Terns on New Flash Cetti’s Warbler calling close by.
    3 Spoonbill from Coal Tips on Moat and a Turtle Dove flew through South.
    5 Avocet and a Cetti’s Warbler from Duck Feeding Platform (The Spreads).

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  11. At least 2 LRP display +1 ringed, 2 C sand 4+ spoonbill, 1GWE flew from left of Lin Dike hide 6 avocet , 2 diff lesser throats singing 1 gropper (per Richard Taylor) large no. Hirundine, swifts 30/04/20

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  12. Had a walk over from Castleford today. Up to village and back some highlights below.

    Bullholme lock area & Hicksons
    Avocet 3, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 2, Collared Dove 1, Fieldfare 7, Grey Wagtail 1, LBB 1, Little Egret 2, Tree Sparrow 2, Song Thrush 1, Shelduck 3, Sparrowhawk 1

    Spoonbill Flash
    Avocet 4, Cettis 1, Fieldfare 2 flew north, LRP 1, Sand Martin 1, Stock Dove 1, Swallow 1, Teal 8, Tufted Duck 15

    Lin Dike (Arrow Lane)
    Blackcap 4, House Martin 4, Common Whitethroat 1

    Coal Tips
    Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 1, Green Woodpecker 2, Skylark 3, Willow Warbler 1
    South Lagoon
    Reed Warbler 1, Water Rail 1

    Big Hole & Redshale Road
    Collared Dove 1, Kestrel 1, Willow Warbler 1

    Discovery Trail & Pickup
    Avocet 2 flew east, Blackcap 3, Kingfisher 1, Sand Martin 1, Swallow 1, Willow Tit 1

    Riverbank Trail
    Blackcap 5, Chiffchaff 5, Oystercatcher 1 flew west, Song Thrush 1, Willow Warbler 1

    Main Bay – Bob Dickens
    Avocet 9, Common Sandpiper 2, Lapwing 1, Pochard 1, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 49

    Village Bay
    Gadwall 8, Pochard 5, Tufted Duck 45

    Cut Lane
    Blackcap 1, Kingfisher 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Song Thrush 2, Swallow 1, Tree Sparrow 4, Willow Warbler 1

    Cut Area – Charlies Hide
    Avocet 1, Blackcap 1, Pochard 4, Tufted Duck 18

    Newton Lane (Fairburn village to VC)
    Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 4, Kestrel 1, Mistle Thrush 1, Pied Wagtail 2, Red-leg 1, Rook 2 in fields to north, Song Thrush 1

    Duck Feeding Platform – The Spreads
    Avocet 5, Cettis 1, Chiffchaff 1, Gadwall 3, Teal 4, Tufted Duck 4

    Newfield Plantation
    Buzzard 2

    Moat
    Cormorant 74 active nests, Gadwall 5, Grey Heron 12, House Martin 1, Little Egret 5, Sand Martin 17, Shoveler 7, Spoonbill 2, Swallow 1, Tufted Duck 9,

    Phalarope Pool
    Reed Warbler 1

    New Flash
    Avocet 2, Gadwall 24, H. Gull 1, House Martin 3, Sand Martin 2, Shelduck 2, Tufted Duck 2

    Cedrics
    Blackcap 1, Cettis 1, Sedge Warbler 1

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  13. 2 Cuckoo’s today Lin Dike area. Reed warblers, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Cettis. All very vocal. Some Swallows about. Buzzards. Couple of Spoonbill seen in the henronry. Viewed from quite a distance.

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  14. Doing my daily exercising around Lin Dike since the lockdown. There are now numerous Willow Warblers and Blackcaps. Cettis are plentiful as well. As are Bullfinch. The odd Willow tit here and there. A pair of Pintail on Spoonbill flash this week on a few occasions. Great Egret there too. A few Avocets mooching about. A brief burst of song today which sounded very much like a Whitethroat. Only sang once for a second or two then was quiet!! Keeping my ears open over this coming weekend. Spoonbill may be sticking to the moat area. Haven’t walked down that far.

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  15. 19/03/20 Cut lane 0700-0800 Sand Martin 1(my first!) Gt crested grebe 35 main water bodies. Avocet2 Main bay. 1 cettis singing (low Holland new territory?) 1100-1300 Flashes with J.Buxton Spoonbill 1 (moat roosting) Gt egret – mobile. And presumably same cc Marsh harrier. Distinctive- extensive cream area on upperwing covs and on mantle assumed 2nd cal. Yr. Curlew 1. Wigeon 25.

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  16. Flashes from coal tips am 8 little egret, spoonbill, great egret, snipe, cc marsh harrier over west, cetti’s on se lagoon, 4 buzzards, 2 avocets over west; with Bev Watson

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  17. 18/03/20 am. Moat Spoonbill (subad) Gt egret 5 l.egrets and juv corms in nest. Main bay 4 avocet. Cut lane 2 pr kingfisher 2 oy. Few chiffs, goldcrest and treecreeper

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  18. 17/03 early am. Cut lane area. 4 Avocets. 2+ Chiffchaff. Singing Goldcrest and Treecreeper. Red Kite low over village.

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  19. Spoonbill sleeping in the Heronry, at the Moat. Great White Egret on the flashes, attended by 4 Little Egrets and 4 Herons. 4 Avocets on the Islands out from Bob Dickens Hide. Quite a few Chiffchaffs around the site now. 2 Oystercatchers also on the flashes.

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  20. 2 Sand Martins over moat, Great White Egret Flashes Spoonbill in trees moat , snipe over coal tips and single curlew flew west

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  21. 16/03/20 am. Moat- Spoonbill roosting c1300 at least- sub-adult. Cormorants with young in nest. New flash- Gt white egret.

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  22. C450 pink feet n/NW this am(5 parties). 4 Little egrets flashes. 80 fieldfare around most & hickson’s.3 red kites c15 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk & kestrel o/head.

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  23. 11/03/20. Quiet. 2+ Red kites and 10+ Buzzard peregrine 2. Best bird was a Redshank (flying over) per Keith Boyer. 6 Oystercatcher and 2 Curlew. Cettis by sluice gates. Water back filling again thru sluice gates. Flashes ditches- RSPB has no plans to continue the ditch clearing that was interrupted by the floods.

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  24. WeBs Main Bay Pochard 22, Mallard 6, Tufted Duck 31, Grey Heron 1, Kingfisher 1, Goldeneye 4, Coot 2, Moorhen 1, Teal 2, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 1, Herring Gull 1, Common Gull 2, Great-crested Grebe 5, Black-headed Gull 99, Lapwing 1, Oystercatcher 2, Canada Goose 4, Gadwall 4, Kestrel 1, Buzzard 5.

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  25. WeBS Village Bay 31 tufted, 9 gc grebe, 4 bh gull, 1 heron, 7 corm, 1 mallard, 2 kingfisher, 8 goosander, 5 teal, 2 coot, 8 canada, 3 gadwall, 1 m swan, 1 moorhen

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  26. WeBS Cut Lane area 11 coot, m swan 2, 8 teal, 2 oystercatcher, 2 shoveler, 7 canada goose, 3 gc grebe, 1 bh gull, 26 tufted, 7 mallard, 1 dabchick, 1 heron, 2 dom mallard

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  27. 07/03/20am 1 red kite, 12+ buzzard. 6 Oystercatcher. Bittern gave brief grunt on North lagoon. Counted 26 grey heron nests from viewpoint. No sign any avocets on hickson’s.
    1700-1800- no large gulls / Black headed gulls roosting.

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  28. 03/03/20 am.No reports of waxwing last couple of days. On flood- Gt Egret. 90 Shoveler 40 Wigeon. 6 Curlew & 4 Oystercatcher. Cettis See lagoon and sponsa pool.c5000 starling at dusk.

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  29. 02/03/20 1000-1200hrs
    No reports from birders of Waxwing. Quiet. Willow tit & Kingfisher by river nr Iron Bridge. Grey Wag bulholme. 3 Gr wood between iron bridge and Stones. Grey Wag by Bulholme. On flood. 7 oystercatcher. 5 Curlew c30 Wigeon. Cettis singing nr Bulls on test. 2 Brown Hare north Flashes.

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  30. Waxwing still on Riverside by big copse in big bend in river. On flood 1 l.egrer, 30 Wigeon, 4 Oystercatcher & 6 Curlew. O/hd 6+ buzzard. 2 Grey wags by canal.

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  31. Roy Taylor trail – 2 Jay, 3 skylark, common gull, great-crested grebe, 3 goldeneye, 8 stock dove, 2 green woodpecker, 22 heron, 2 teal, 2 oystercatcher – no sign of waxwing on riverside path – with Bev Watson

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  32. On flood 1030-1145hrs. , Shelduck 15, l.egret 3, Curlew 1, Bhgull 1500, Cmn gull 4. Skylark 4, pwag 6. O/hd r.kite c10 buzzard 2 kestrel.

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  33. 25/02/2020 Access: Barnsdale Rd closed out of Castleford at 1100hrs still.4×4 getting through. 2Raven. 4 Red kites 10 buzzard 8+ shelduck.

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  34. 06/02/20 Main Bay roost 1600 to 1715. Herring Gull c2000 – could nt pick out any LBB’s. Merlin overhead at c1600hours flew over river towards Fryston then away to wards Brotherton.and lost to view.

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  35. 2 Short eared owls over coal tips ( thanks to Bert VDV and Vince P) Great White Egret on spoonbill flash and Whooper Swan on New Flash

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  36. 29/01/20 Main bay roost Herring gull 7500 +. Cut lane Kingfisher. Oystercatcher on cut area. Shooting after dark sounded like over cut area.

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      • 07/02/20 Beckfield farm area 1200-1400. Yellowhammer 23,Reed bunting 3, Red kite 2, sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1, Herring gull 400.

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      • 14/02 Access: .Newton lane open from Fairburn until New Flash (ie no access from Barnsdale road- use Back Newton lane.) Riverbank accessible from Cut lane. Wellies needed for Charlie’s Hide.
        0830-1130 Pink footed goose c600 nw. Maybe Keith b got exact number with boc total. He also had a Bittern and Grt Egret. Curlew 11 flashes

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  37. 9 redpoll & 1 siskin on discovery trail, 84 lapwing & 11 fieldfare on big hole. 77 goosander in roost & 2 goldeneye on west lagoon, coal tips.

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  38. 8- Shelduck , 10 GC grebes, 23 common gulls, 2 kingfishers, 10 goosesander, 2 little egrets, 1 pergrine, 3 buzzards, 1 skylark, 1 gw- egret 1 Whooper , 1 oystercatcher on Main Bay islands

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  39. 25/01/20 Gull roost Main bay. Herring gull 5000. Earlier Bvdv & vp et al reported hickson’s – wigeon 80. Newton lagoons- Bittern 1. Meadow pipit 2. Skylark 2. Flashes Gt white egret 1. Shoveler 130

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  40. 24/01/20 0900-1030hrs. Flashes. Grey heron 25 pair moat. Pintail 1. Wigeon 10. Little egret 1. Main bay roost from 1600-1700hrs. Herring gull 9000.

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    • Early evening Roy Taylor Trail.
      18 Goosander west lagoon, Kestrel, 3 singing Cettis, 9 Sand Martins east, 14 Little Egrets Moat/Pickup and single Spoonbill in heronry.
      With Keith Boyer

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  41. 22/01/20-Gull roost. Iceland gull (juv) Herring gull 2000+, Lbb 1. Reported earlier Gw egret, Marsh harrier (male) ,blackcap VC feeders. Pink footed goose c75 west at c1530hrs. Sightings per, vp,Js,jmb,bvdv.jh.

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  42. Gull Roost 21/01.Iceland Gull 1st/2nd winter found by Mark D & Bert VBV this evening. Extensive pale bill base but in fading light iris appeared dark. So could nt age with certainty.
    c5000 Herring gulls with apart from Main Bay a large number also on New Flash.

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  43. Lin Dike area treecreeper, goldcrest, kingfisher, 13 shelduck, goldeneye, 6 goosander, 2 greenfinch, 2 peregrine, common gull, gt sp woodpecker and roe deer. Flashes frozen over.

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    • Lin dike – bulholme area am 5 chiffchaff, treecreeper, 4 little egret, 5 cetti’s heard – 1 seen, oystercatcher, 8 goldeneye, curlew, willow tit – 2 avocet, 10 teal, 11 wigeon on hicksons

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  44. No sign of any whitefronts at village end 1015 to 1115 hrs. All of grey lags ( c225) appeared to be on view. Kingfisher performed cut lane. 8 buzzard and 1 red kites up. Kb reported whooper being bullied by couple of mute swans on flashes. Gt egret still about.

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  45. 15/01/20 Main bay gull roost 1500 hrs to 1630hrs. 5000 Herring gull. No sign whitefronts but as walked back after dark grey lags had moved off village bay island and moved onto water but too dark to check them again. Lot of kingfisher activity- cut lane & main bay. Also Chiffchaff down cut lane. 40 goosander on cut area.

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  46. Bittern 2, Redpoll 12,Shelduck 23 on spoonbill,common gull 17 big hole,Buzzard 5,Red kite 1, G.w.egret 1,Whooper 1 Plus 5 roe deer

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  47. WeBS Village Bay heron 2, herring gull 1, pochard 46, teal 51, shoveler 6, mallard 11, great black-backed gull 1, great crested grebe 5, tufted duck 19, black-headed gull 8, coot 7, goldeneye 3, gadwall 1

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  48. WeBS Cut Lane tufted duck 17, coot 4, great crested grebe 2, kingfisher 3, shoveler 35, mute swan 2, goosander 17, domestic mallard 2, pintail 1, moorhen 2, mallard 20, teal 15, goldeneye 5, pochard 14, heron 1, gadwall 1, cormorant 3, little egret 1, shelduck 2, dabchick 1

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  49. From Lin Dike over the coal tips and back: Willow Tit, Skylark on the coal tips, Cettis heard there, Bearded Tit heard and seen briefly. Another birdwatcher saw a Bittern in flight on the top. Back to Lin Dike hide 2 Great White Egret. At least 5 Little Egret dotted about. Numerous Shelduck, Water Rail calling behind the hide on other side of the dike.

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  50. Main Bay WeBs Count
    Pochard 29, Mallard 3, Tufted Duck 23, Grey Heron 2, Kingfisher 2 at screen, Goldeneye 6, Coot 4, Moorhen 6, Teal 17, Mute Swan 3, Cormorant 4, Herring Gull 9, Common Gull 4, Great Black-backed Gull 13, Sprawk 1, Goosander 3, Greylag 258, Great Crested Grebe 4, Peregrine 1.
    8 Siskin in Alders around Discovery Trail.

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  51. 10/01/20 reports include 180 pink feet overhead. Gt white egret flashes & Stonechat on se lagoon. Gull roost disappointing. About 750 Herring gulls present. Extreme skitty and kept flying round- left at 1545hrs. Uni

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  52. 09/01/20 2kingfisher by sluice gates down cut this pm. Notice river high and water pouring into reserve. Env agency seem unable to fix it? Will inform rspb. Gull roost c3000 Herring gull. Mark d reported 20 redpolls & 2 siskin in VC area.c4 little egrets village end and gt egret on flashes. Cut spit and island been cut so better outlook from Charlie’s hide.

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  53. Rangering on Jan 7th. Quite warm and feeling “springish”. Quiet on the bird front. Best were :-
    Song Thrush and Nuthatch at Visitor Centre feeders. Siskin and Redpolls in the Alders around the Discovery trail. 2 Willow Tit on Visitor Centre feeders, plus 1 at Pickup Hide. Common Gull at Big Hole. Kingfisher at its screen, plus a fox on the bank nearby.

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  54. Weasel plus Male and female king fishers at screen, goldcrest and tree creeper riverbank trail.GW egret spoonbill flash 2x greenwoodpecker Roy taylor trail.

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  55. 02/01/20 Flashes quiet for wildfowl. Just Gt egret & whooper of note – about 12 wigeon. Mixed flock of 100+ redwing/fieldfare in sheepfields. No sign short eared owl reported yesterday.
    Gull roost from 1500hrs -Caspian gull 1st winter in early but birds agitated and couldn’t refind it when birds re-settled on water. Left about 1600hrs by which time c3500 Herring gulls in roost.

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