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Posted by John Webb 
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April 08, 2019 08:19PM
Yesterday, 7th April, 30 dunlin, 3 r-t divers, 3 gc grebes, and c20 kittiwakes.
Today, 2 dunlin, 2 rbms, 1 goosander, and 3 gc grebes.
Both days about 40 eider, and large flocks of black-tailed godwits feeding in the channel, and going into roost on Carnforth Marsh. A count of 520 one hour before high tide on the 7th was overtaken by a larger number coming in near high tide, giving a total of over 1,000 roosting on the seaward edge of the marsh. Today 1,350 counted in the channel at 12.00, and 1,330 below the salt marsh at 13.30. At least a further 180 flew in subsequently, at least 1,500 by high tide.
Also today, a peregrine as a victim of kleptoparasitism. Even at distance it was clear that the weight of the prey was restricting the peregrine, which was being harassed by 3 gulls as it flew towards Carnforth Marsh from the direction of Humphrey Head. Eventually it dropped whatever it was carrying, which was swooped on by the gulls as it fell into the sea.

Other locations today: bittern booming, scaup still at Causeway Hide; spoonbill, pink-feet, and merlin at Eric Morecambe Hide.
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