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HIGH­LIGHTS; Up to 75 Waxwings were in Bottes­ford (18th–24th). An Arctic Red­poll was in Laughton For­est (4th). ALKBOROUGH FLATS: Up to 600 Wi­geon, 832 Bar­na­cle Geese, three Egyp­tian Geese, 170 Gad­wall, 760 Teal, 120 Shov­eler, a red­head Smew (17th-18th, first site record), Mer­lins (12th & 13th), 28 Coot (by 21st), 4,100 Lap­wings (13th), 240 Dun­lin, 107 Black-tailed God­wits, 320 Curlew, seven Spot­ted Red­shanks and 98 Red­shanks were the key species, with 120 Field­fare (21st), six-plus Cetti’s War­blers, and three Chif­fchaffs, with one in song all month. BAR­TON: Wild­fowl counts in­cluded 243 Grey­lag Geese, 122 Gad­wall (26th), 30 Shov­el­ers, 60 Pochards, 105 Tufted Ducks, up to five Scaup and 58 Gold­en­eye, and there was an adult Shag (15th-26th), odd Bit­tern sight­ings, up to five Stonechats on pas­sage, about 18 Cetti’s War­blers, just one pair and one male Wil­low Tit, and 44 Bram­blings (1st). DONNA NOOK–PYES HALL: Nota­bles were tun­dra Bean Goose (2nd-3rd), 550 Pink-footed Goose (18th), nine White-fronted Geese (17th), up to 1,200 dark-bel­lied Brent Geese, a pale-bel­lied Brent Goose (2nd-3rd), six Whooper Swans all month, two Eider (5th), a dead Shag (18th), one or two Mer­lin, sin­gle Hen Har­rier with two (19th), 1,250 Lap­wing (3rd), Wood­cock (15th), Jack Snipe (19th), Pur­ple Sand­piper (17th-26th), sec­ond calendar year Glau­cous Gulls (2nd, 19th & 28th), Mediter­ranean Gull (28th), Guille­mot (5th), dead Ra­zor­bill (19th), sin­gle Short-eared Owls (7th, 17th & 26th and two, 19th), seven Shore Larks (2nd), 20-22 birds (5th-15th), 10 (18th) and four (19th), two Stonechats all month, Grey Wag­tail (28th), Twite reg­u­larly with up to 80 and a peak of 102 (18th), and La­p­land Bunting, with 30-32 (5th-15th), one (17th), four (18th), one (19th) and two (26th). OTHER SITES: On the 21st there were 600 Teal at Read’s Is­land and 600 at Bonby Carrs; off Mablethorpe North End (18th) were 65 Com­mon Scoter and 43 Vel­vet Scoter. A Red Kite flew west at Read’s Is­land (24th), Mer­lins were at North Killingholme and South Fer­riby with up to three at Tet­ney, where there were also four or five Short-eared Owls. At Read’s Is­land there were still 20,000 Golden Plovers, 240 Avo­cets, 10 Ringed Plovers (21st), and 30 Grey Plovers. Up to 150 Lesser Red­polls were in Laughton For­est with a Com­mon Cross­bill (20th). Gra­ham Cat­ley with records from Steve Lo­rand and other ob­servers

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