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FIlsham Reedbed (17th March)

We made a start to the 2016 Filsham Reedbed breeding bird survey last week. The work carried out by Sussex Wildlife Trust over winter in Snipe Marsh has proved to be very beneficial for water rail with 4 birds recorded including one seen feeding with a group of snipe. The small open flooded areas of cut reed. although temporary, are obviously very attractive to water rail. Other birds of note included a sand martin over Strower's Marsh.

Four common buzzard chasing off a 2nd year male marsh harrier was the highlight over Snipe Marsh though.

Cetti's warbler continue to dominate the soundscape of Filsham with many birds recorded throughout. Below is the last six years data for Cetti's warbler at Filsham. I doubt we will have another record year like 2014 with 21 territories identified from 125 breeding registrations. The fact this followed a poor 2013 indicates that a lot of recruitment from nearby sites produced a high level of activity between competing pairs.

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