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March 19th 2014

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna; 10 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 3Black-headed Gull, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Blue Tit, 4 Buzzard, 4 Canada Geese, c50 Carrion Crow, 10 Chaffinch, 3 Cormorant, 100 Curlew, 2 Dunnock, c400 Golden Plover, 20 Goldfinch, 1 Goosander, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 12 Greenshank, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Plover, c100 Herring Gull, 20 House Sparrow, 6 Jackdaw, 1 Jay, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Little Egret, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Magpie, 15 Mallard, 30 Mute Swan, c30 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Pheasant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Raven, c50 Redshank, 1 Reed Bunting, 6 Robin, 30 Rook, 8 Sand Martin, 30 Shelduck, 1 Snipe, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Starling, 1 Whooper Swan, 20 Wigeon, c50 Woodpigeon, 6 Wren. (The “Martin Cutland Wildlife Walk” per C Travis)

Rosenannon Downs; I was surprised this morning by a Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) flying, from the south-west corner of the Downs, low over the grassland towards the old lane leading to St Breock Downs in the north-east corner. As a little Grebe was the last thing I would have expected to see on The Downs I walked east up the lane around 200 m, before I heard, several times, the Little Grebe’s breeding call (a bit like a Horse whinnying) coming from a tiny private secluded pool south of the lane. (C Selway)

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