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Subject: WHITE-TAILED PLOVER still present
From: Lee G R Evans <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Irish Bird Network <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 13 Jul 2010 07:25:02 EDT

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In East Kent, the WHITE-TAILED PLOVER remains for a third day at Dungeness  
RSPB ARC Pit, showing very well on occasions when it visits the mud to the 
SE of  the screen hide at the north end of the pit to feed on the rare and 
endangered  Medicinal Leeches that the site partly acquired SSSI status of. 
Once fed or  disturbed by Oystercatchers, it takes to flying out to the well 
vegetated  islands and can remain out of view for long periods. The reserve 
is easily  accessible from the main coast road south out of Lydd.
Nearby, the pair of PURPLE HERONS seem to have abandoned the nest and no  
longer appear to be feeding young, whilst a long-staying GREAT WHITE EGRET  
remains as elusive as ever in the extensive reedbed at Denge Marsh.
In Somerset, the pair of LITTLE BITTERNS continue to visit their reedbed  
vegetation nest and can be encountered flying in and out low over the 
Phragmites  at Shapwick Heath NNR Loxton Marsh site, whilst CATTLE EGRETS remain 
nearby and  EURASIAN BITTERNS have bred in record numbers. A first-summer 
colour-ringed  GREAT WHITE EGRET (from France) is still present on the Noah's 
Lake, visible  from the hide on the east shore.
On the wader front, WOOD SANDPIPERS are now returning southwards, as well  
with  the summer-plumaged adult BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER still gracing the 
Freshwater  Lagoon at Titchwell Marsh RSPB (North Norfolk). A party of 8 
EURASIAN SPOONBILLS  remains at Cley Marsh NWT (Norfolk).
In IRELAND, the TEREK SANDPIPER is still present at Blennerville (County  
Kerry), just west of the bridge, with the second-summer LAUGHING GULL still 
in  County Antrim. A single EURASIAN SPOONBILL is at Tacumshin Lagoons (Co.  

Lee G R Evans
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