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Friday, 16 January 2009

NORTH KENT MARSHES TODAY

The juvenile EURASIAN SPOONBILL was again at Cliffe Pools today at the northern end of the Flamingo Pool. Also here (or on Radar Pool), 2 Spotted Redshank, a Common Greenshank, 500 Dunlin, 350 Pied Avocet (with 460 earlier in Higham Bight), 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 68 Grey Plover, 25 Red Knot (actually, a lot of the waders looked to be dropping onto the 4th or 5th Black Barn pools). Ducks included 13 Common Goldeneye, 300 Tufted Duck, 80 Shoveler & 34 Pintail. Also 176 Little Grebe. Nearby, at least one juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER remains just off the reserve on the Alpha pool.

At Northward Hill today, 4 WAXWINGS, but no further details (Gordon Allison, Warden, RSPB North Kent Marshes)