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Sunday, 20 March 2016

20th Mar 2016: Egyptian Geese

Saturday was rather uneventful really with not a lot to shout about. The single drake Goosander was still present on the reservoir and I had very good views of the two Willow Tits in the woods but there wasn't much more around. John confirmed the Oystercatcher was still around in the evening, which was a surprise as we thought it had gone.

Sunday morning John was out and had two Egyptian Geese fly over south. I believe this is the first record for the site. There was also the Oystercatcher, the drake Goosander and at least three Chiffchaffs.

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I headed out later in the morning and finally managed to see the Oystercatcher. It is going over into the cattle field behind the bund where there is a large puddle left over from the flooding. If it stays wet, this area could be attractive to other waders passing through during the spring. I also had a Red Kite drift over north west and another Skylark over north.

Colin was out late afternoon and had an adult summer plumaged Mediterranean Gull on the pontoon at 5pm.

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