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    The female blackcap continues to frequent the hedge between the Woodland Walk and the Orchard, where long-tailed tits are building a nest this morning. The moorhen pair are exploring high up in a tree where, last year, they appeared to build a nest but not to produce any young. There is a high magpie/crow/jay population so I guess predation is likely. A good range of finches is present – goldfinch, chaffinch, greenfinch and bullfinch – along with 16 blackbirds, 9 robins, song thrush and mistle thrush. Treecreeper, goldcrest and the tits – coal, blue, great and long-tailed – are all present but I have not seen or heard nuthatch since October although there have been a few reports (last year I recorded them from July to October only).
    Yesterday I had a pair of great spotted woodpeckers in the Park, but they flew off in the direction of a clump of trees on the golf course.

    On the sea on the rising tide there were 22 eider and 8 wigeon, but a noticeable decline in numbers of small waders.

    Jeff B

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