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Pett Level

Arriving at 10.30 it was immediately obvious that the Goldfinch seen by Alan (see previous entry) were still on the move. In one hour 709 flew along the beach, all heading eastwards. There were a few Siskin with them. Heading in the other direction were a few very high Skylark and also rather more Meadow Pipits.

A few Swallow stopped to drink at the pools and the Bearded Tits were very noisy and active in the reeds near the road. A Marsh Harrier hunted the reeds at the back of the pools. There was also a calling Water Rail and six Raven flew over.

Whilst the sea was very quiet, there were 31 Turnstone and a Ringed Plover on the beach. Pete Rouse had earlier seen a Wheatear.

The pools held 36 Little Grebe and 36 Pochard. There was also a very large number of Greylag Geese with 265 present. In the fields behind the pools there were 17 Ruff. A colour ringed Oystercatcher had been ringed several years ago in Holland and was back here for its third winter.

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