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Steart Marshes - Xmas Day 2014

Steart Marshes - 25 December 2014 (early morning)

1 Merlin (female/juvenile type) - located perched on a driftwood log out on the marshes. It flew off low and fast after 15 minutes, apparently hunting.

2 (possibly 3) Peregrine - two adults roosting, one on a pylon and the other on the ground. Later a male seen stooping at a high flying Lapwing several times unsuccessfully and finally an adult female flew low upstream above the river Parrett.

5 Kestrel - all hover-hunting.

6 Common Buzzard - loafing about on the ground and on low perches.


12,000+ Dunlin
2,400+ Golden Plover
1,600+ Lapwing
120+ Wood Pigeon
30+ Redshank
10+ Curlew
12+ Little Egret
25+ Meadow Pipit
2 Skylark
2 Song Thrush
1 Raven