Recent sightings 1/8/2016

Dee Estuary

Dee Estuary
Do you love our Dee Estuary nature reserves? Share your thoughts with the community. Or if you're thinking about visiting and would like to find out more, ask away!
Dee Estuary reserve

Recent sightings 1/8/2016

  • Great birding at Burton Mere Wetlands as we move into the autumn migration, here's a flavour of what was around yesterday:

    • 9 spoonbills, spending more time on the pools than the treetops in recent days
    • 1 spotted crake, showing intermittently at the back of the main scrape
    • up to 1000 black-tailed godwits spread across various pools
    • small flocks of knot and dunlin mixed in with the godwits
    • 4 ruff and 4 spotted redshank on main scrape
    • 2 common sandpipers and 2 green sandpipers on Reception Pool enjoying the mud as the water level is lowered
    • up to 11 snipe showing well from the Inner Marsh Farm Hide
    • Kingfisher seen over Burton Mere and from Reedbed Screen
    • Spotted flycatcher brood close to Burton Mere Trail at south end of Woodland Pool
    • up to 3 marsh harriers hunting over the wet grassland and reedbed
    • 1 raven high over Marsh Covert woodland
    • 1 green woodpecker in/around car park
    • common lizards showing well on the fence near the Reedbed Screen

    Highlights out on Burton Marsh at the moment are a single great white egret and an early-returning ringtail hen harrier.

  • Thank you Dan, that makes it all very clear......... a brilliant site which obviously needs responses and a wider audience, judging by the lack of previous input.