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11:59AM

Pett Pools

Meeting Pete Rouse at the pools it was very apparent that many of the winter duck have now gone. There was for example only one female Wigeon present. Whilst there, a Spoonbill flew in and landed behind the roadside pool only to be spooked ten minutes later by a male Marsh Harrier.

The sea was quiet although interesting. A male Red-breasted Merganser flew eastwards and a single Velvet Scoter flew to the west before settling on the sea. Quite close in, just off from the pools, there were two summer plumaged Black-necked Grebes and a single Guillemot. Pete had earlier had one small group of Common Scoter flying east.

All the time we were on the sea wall there was a trickle of Mediterranean Gulls flying east. They were usually in pairs with most being adults. Over twenty went through.

Small birds were at a premium with no hirundines present. Both Cetti's and Sedge Warblers sung from the reedbed and three Yellow Wagtails flew northwards.

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