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3:06PM

Winter Ramble around Pett Level

Twenty one people turned out today for a rather muddy ramble round Pett Level lead by John Willsher. A good selection of bird on the levels included several hundred each of lapwing and curlew, with smaller numbers of golden plover, redshank, turnstonedunlin and a nice group of eight ruff which gave good views from the sea wall. There were also a few white-fronted goose among the large numbers of greylag and Canadas. On Pett Pools we found gadwallshoveler, pochard, teal and tufted duck, as well as a few wigeon, though most of these seemed to be sat on the sea, probably due to the attentions of at least two marsh harrier and a peregrine. Apart from the spooked wigeon there seemed to be very little offshore, though we did see two gannet quite close in,  while a tramp through the mud along the Royal Military Canal turned up buzzard, stonechat and great spotted woodpecker.

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