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March 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March Bird of the Month - Avocet

March Bird of the Month - Avocet

Avocets require shallow, slightly saline water and oozy mud to allow them to sweep their fine upturned
bills in search of small shrimps and marine worms. They nest colonially on low islands or mud scrapes where three to four eggs are laid in one brood between April and July. The chicks have straight bills until they are about ten days old. The parents are particularly aggressive and vociferous in defence of their young. Adults males and females are similar but juveniles have a brown tinge to the pied plumage. The voice is a loud, fluty "klute klute". In winter avocets form lightly packed flocks in the Tamar, Medway and Swale estuaries. For your chance to see this attractive and amazing bird join our Field Trip to Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve on Sunday 5 March 2017.