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What we saw in 2018

How did winter mortality, poor migrant return, and difficult breeding conditions affect the species we saw in 2018? Not as you might think!

November – December 2018

It was very quiet during this period, with the highlights being Marsh Tit and Water Pipit. Even the everyday birds seemed to be scarcer than usual for the time of year.

July – August 2018

Rounding up pullus ducks in the South Lagoons
A period dominated by heat and drought resulted in few birds, and very disappointing migration numbers. Best bird was our fourth Little Tern, and the first at this time of year.

May – June 2018

The Sluice - an area of the Works
Spoonbill, Black Tern, two Starts and a Chat, and record counts of Mute Swan and Hobby were the highlights of May and June at Rye Meads.