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Ducks, ducks, ducks

The recent drop in temperature has resulted in a considerable increase in duck numbers around the lakes. I did not have the chance to do complete counts but when I opened the Tern hide this morning I did a quick count of what I could see from there and got to at least 149… 203 more words

Naturelog: 8th January

After a week taken up primarily with the marking of students assignments (a task which I find far harder and more difficult than preparing and giving the lectures) it was a great relief to get out for a days birdwatching with Keith at the London Wetland centre. 625 more words

Natural History

21st December 2015 Sightings


Amble Marshes;  3 Pintail, 14 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler.

Dinham area; 4 Whooper Swan and 1 Bewick’s Swan.

Rumps Point; Kittiwake noted.

Bird Sightings

17th December 2015 Sightings


Amble Marshes; 1 Ruff, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, Shoveler.

Dinham area; 1 Short-eared Owl flushed from the flats by a Wild-fowler.



Over three inches of rain overnight left roads looking like leaking levees.  Some gravel roads badly eroded, other places roads and their inadequate culverts created temporary sloughs.  180 more words


Birds: Australasian shoveler

(originally published to Helium writing site, now gone)

The shoveler consists of four species of ducks known as dabbling ducks, which are recognized by their long, broad, flat beaks. 343 more words