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Steart Marshes - 4 November 2015

Steart Marshes - 4 November 2015 (late morning and early afternoon)

1 Merlin - juvenile perched out on the marshes for 30 minutes before flying off. Later seen flying quite high Eastwards over the marshes, turned back and disappeared towards Steart village.

2 Peregrine - adult pair perched close together on a pylon. Other sightings of the same individuals in flight including the adult female bombing the Spoonbill in flight and forcing it inelegantly to the ground. Apparently more a display of aerial supremacy than a hunting flight.

3 Kestrel - hover-hunting over the marshes.

3 Common Buzzard - loafing about on low perches. One briefly mobbed a Short-eared Owl.

7+ Short-eared Owl - at least three quartering Wall Common with an additional four on the marshes and the river bank.


1 Spoonbill - juvenile present throughout.
30+ Little Egret
1 Great White Egret - flying in the vicinity of the breach.
800+ Dunlin
350+ Golden Plover
500+ Lapwing
120+ Black-tailed Godwit
40+ Curlew
1 Spotted Redshank - actively feeding in front of the Viewing Platform.
50+ Redshank
3 Greenshank - two colour-ringed individuals, apparently from Sweden.
30+ Common Snipe
1 Ruff
2 Raven
30+ Skylark
20+ Meadow Pipit
1 Stonechat
1 Chiffchaff