Harbour Update – posted 20/12/14

Today BoPH co-hosted a walk with the DWT along Holes Bay, promoting their Living Landscapes initiative and Great Heath Project. Part of the project is to link up important areas for wildlife, whilst interpreting that wildlife to the people that live within and close to those areas. Holes Bay is a great example of an important area for wildlife right in the heart of an urban surrounding. Todays walk highlighted perfectly why it’s worth getting out of the house and visiting this area with a great list of birds accumulated. Highlights were 2 Spoonbill right next the footpath, 100+ Avocet in various areas of the bay, numerous waders including Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin and Oystercatcher. Around 350 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in one of the fields along the woodland track between Upton CP and Holes Bay, giving views down to about 20 meters. Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Gadwall, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Common Gull and Common Buzzard all added to the supporting cast as Goldcrest and a Jay also appeared. Out at Swineham a Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier were hunting together and a Short-eared Owl was accidently flushed up on Slepe Heath. At Shell Bay there were 2 Sandwich Tern and a Red-necked Grebe, with another (or the same) Red-necked Grebe off Middle beach with 19 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe and 13 Common Scoter

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