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Wetland Bird Survey for November 2018

  • 15/11/2018
  • Nature Notes

A high tide survey of Elmley and Spitend marshes, foreshore and half way across the Swale by two pairs of volunteer counters on 12th November.

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Some strong easterly winds over the previous weekend and normal moderate south westerlies since have brought in more birds with good numbers of Lapwing, Shelduck, Teal , Wigeon and Grey Plover. Short Eared Owls are also now back in good numbers.

Elmley Spitend TOTAL
Mute Swan 39 4 43
Whooper Swan 0
Brent Goose 25 25
Canada Goose 69 10 79
Greylag Goose 746 73 819
White-fronted Goose 0
Shelduck 76 132 208
Shoveler 6 6
Gadwall 10 10
Wigeon 4038 311 4349
Mallard 1431 606 2037
Pintail 0
Teal 880 1158 2038
Pochard 0 0
Tufted Duck 0
Little Grebe 9 11 20
Great crested Grebe 6 12 18
Grey Heron 11 8 19
Little Egret 6 6
Cattle Egret 1 1
Spoonbill 1 1
Cormorant 2 30 32
Moorhen 19 19
Coot 95 95
Water Rail 0
0
Oystercatcher 218 218
Avocet 60 65 125
Lapwing 1840 575 2415
Golden Plover 0
Grey Plover 5 75 80
Ringed Plover 1 1
Whimbrel 0
Curlew 377 315 692
Bar-tailed Godwit 0
Black-tailed Godwit 151 151
Turnstone 0
Knot 135 135
Ruff 2 2
Dunlin 86 472 558
Snipe 1 1
Redshank 12 23 35
Green Sandpiper 1 1
Common Sandpiper 1 1
Spotted Redshank 0
Greenshank 2 2
0
Great Black-backed Gull 0
Lesser Black-backed Gull 0
Herring Gull 0
Common Gull 0
Black-headed Gull 0
Mediterranean Gull 0
Sandwich Tern 0
Common Tern 0
0
Marsh Harrier 14 8 22
Hen Harrier 0
Buzzard 9 5 14
Merlin 0
Kestrel 3 7 10
Peregrine 1 1
Hobby 0
Sparrowhawk 1 1
TOTALS 10371 3919 14290