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Tuesday 27th February 2018

Overnight snow and a cold easterly wind saw Fieldfares, Lapwings and Golden Plovers feeding on any bare ground in the area and some 900 Wigeon on the Broadwater. Three Bullfinches were along the entrance track, a Peregrine Falcon flushed the wildfowl and waders mid-morning and on the beach were 2 Grey Plovers and 31 Bar-tailed Godwits.

 One of several Fieldfare processed today - Holme Bird Obs, February 2018 © David Bratt

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