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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Poor dab

Found this common shrew frozen stiff on the Magor Marsh boardwalk today. There's fifteen species of shrew in Europe split into groups of white and red toothed, as you can see the common shrew is a member of the latter group.

On the lake today were six gadwall, two little grebe, several teal along with mallard, moorhen, heron and two mute swan, with a further 36 in an arable field close to the reserve. A couple of reed bunting were noted on the way back.

Not too much to report from Magor Pill other than good numbers of both waders and wildfowl with some impressive flocks of dunlin, also skylark and about 50 linnet feeding on the saltmarsh.

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