Sunday, 6 January 2013

Motney Hill

Following a break in the mist, we went to Motney Hill at 13:00 for a couple of hours. A Cetti's Warbler was calling from the reedbed, the tide was out and the shorebirds and ducks were distributed thinly and mostly distantly: Canada Goose, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Shelduck, Redshank, Lapwing, Knot, Grey Plover, Avocet, Dunlin and Curlew. Walking west round the hill, a few surprises were being pushed up on the incoming tide: Red-breasted Mergansers (1 male, 2 female), and a single Eider. More expected, there were also Great Crested Grebes (15) and a single Little Egret.

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