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Brentwood and Billericay Local Group Wildlife Walk

Posted: Tuesday 19th September 2017 by Brentwood and Billericay Local Group

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RSPB's West Canvey Marsh Reserve - Sunday 17th September

12 members gathered on an initially dull and chilly morning for a walk round this recently developed Reserve on Canvey Island – a site new to all but two of the group.
The main focus of our attention was initially the lagoon where we saw several species of duck. Lapwing, green sandpiper and black-tailed godwits were the only waders but a flock of 100+ goldfinches feeding on thistles was a welcome find. Walking more widely through the Reserve, we found that other small birds were generally scarce but we enjoyed distant views of two marsh harriers, one of which we watched soaring for several minutes.
Our final bird count for the morning was 36 species but we had also enjoyed close views of a brown hawker dragonfly and a speckled wood butterfly.

Paul Hudson


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