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Wetland Bird Survey for the the Swale included Elmley & Swale NNRs for February 2020

  • 28/02/2020
  • Nature Notes

A snapshot of the water birds on and around the Swale this month. The count is lower than expected as it was delayed for the two large storms over the highest tides of the month.

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Shellness Swale fresh Harty Capel Spitend Elmley 2020
Mute Swan 24 2 2 17 45
Great-crested Grebe 3 3
Little Grebe 3 3
Coot 80 1 96 490 667
Moorhen 13 13
Water rail 0
Grey Heron 1 4 3 7 15
Little Egret 2 2 2 1 1 8
Bittern 0
Spoonbill 0
Great White Heron 0
Cattle Egret 0
Cormorant 3 6 9
Pale-bellied Brent 1
Brent Goose 230 260 50 1330 81 1951
Greylag Goose 220 120 60 28 428
Canada Goose 6 65 43 114
Pink-footed Goose 0
Tundra Bean Goose 0
White-fronted Goose 1 1
Shelduck 60 26 4 111 300 501
Mallard 70 177 623 532 1402
Teal 20 2 42 311 60 435
Pintail 6 100 106
Gadwall 36 12 48
Garganey 0
Shoveller 16 76 46 138
Tufted Duck 46 46
Pochard 27 27
Wigeon 1536 7460 8996
Avocet 0
Oystercatcher 2800 2 86 17 2905
Curlew 270 260 1 156 14 701
Whimbrel 0
Bar-tailed Godwit 10 10
Black-tailed Godwit 1 366 367
Common Snipe 0
Grey Plover 30 1 55 1 87
Golden Plover 0
Ringed Plover 10 10
Lapwing 100 4 12 2103 1288 3507
Greenshank 0
Redshank 50 9 32 22 113
Green Sandpiper 0
Wood Sandpiper 0
Common Sandpiper 0
Knot 200 51 1400 1651
Dunlin 15 10 340 365
Curlew Sandpiper 0
Ruff 0
Little Stint 0
Turnstone 45 15 5 65
Eider 0
Spot Shank 0
Sanderling 2 2
Great Northern Diver 0
Purple Sandpiper 1 1
3669 1159 107 359 7072 12375 24740