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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 2:23 pm    Post subject: Finding your own...Avocet Reply with quote

Avocet
Recurvirostra avosetta

AKA: Pied avocet

A distinctively-patterned black and white wader with a long up-curved beak. It is the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects.

Where does it live?

Breeding:
Shallow, brackish coastal lagoons, and some freshawater marshes.

Wintering:
Estuaries.

Where to see it:
Coastal lagoons on the east coast in summer and the Exe estuary in winter.

What does it eat?:
Aquatic insects and their larvae, crustaceans and worms.

What does it sound like?:
A fluty 'kloot' and a yelping 'kleep, kleep...'

When to see it:
Along the east coast of England in summer and in the South-West in winter.

American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana


Summer Range:
Breeds in the western Great Plains, from Saskatchewan and Alberta southward through Montana and the Dakotas to eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. Also breeds in isolated wetland areas in the arid western states, and along coast of California and Texas. A few breed on Atlantic Coast. Also breeds in central Mexico.

Winter Range:
Winters in California and Mexico, and along coast from Texas to North Carolina.

Habitat:
Shallow fresh and saltwater wetlands.

Food:
Aquatic invertebrates.

Behavior:
Foraging

Feeds in shallow water, while wading or swimming. Locates food by sight and snaps it up, or sweeps its long bill through the water, capturing prey by touch.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a beautiful bird! It does looks as if it's wearing wellies, though... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These beautiful birds can now be seen at: Martin-Mere 5 to date. & RSPB site Coast road southport. They have bred at both locations, over the last few years. Best count for adults was Southport with 15.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they breed at Minsmere (we'll see them in july), welney and titchwell.

lovely birds

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete wrote:
they breed at Minsmere (we'll see them in july), welney and titchwell.

lovely birds


What has the number count of young been like Pete? last year Marshside we counted 12, only one taken by L-B-backedGull.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pauco wrote:
Pete wrote:
they breed at Minsmere (we'll see them in july), welney and titchwell.

lovely birds


What has the number count of young been like Pete? last year Marshside we counted 12, only one taken by L-B-backedGull.


top of my head I don't know.

there were young at titch and welney.

i think good numbers at minsmere.

they are at leighton moss aren't they?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete wrote:
they breed at Minsmere (we'll see them in july), welney and titchwell.

lovely birds


I'll be holding you to that Pete. You found me a bittern so I know I can rely on you for the Avocet Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

were 96 birds at Welney spring 05
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tricia wrote:
Pete wrote:
they breed at Minsmere (we'll see them in july), welney and titchwell.

lovely birds


I'll be holding you to that Pete. You found me a bittern so I know I can rely on you for the Avocet Very Happy


easy peasey.

can do Med Gull, Sarnie Tern and Little Ternand Marsh Harrier

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete wrote:
pauco wrote:
Pete wrote:
they breed at Minsmere (we'll see them in july), welney and titchwell.

lovely birds


What has the number count of young been like Pete? last year Marshside we counted 12, only one taken by L-B-backedGull.


top of my head I don't know.

there were young at titch and welney.

i think good numbers at minsmere.

they are at leighton moss aren't they?


Not sure about Leighton moss Pete. But its good for Bittern & Bearded tits.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete wrote:
Tricia wrote:
Pete wrote:
they breed at Minsmere (we'll see them in july), welney and titchwell.

lovely birds


I'll be holding you to that Pete. You found me a bittern so I know I can rely on you for the Avocet Very Happy


easy peasey.

can do Med Gull, Sarnie Tern and Little Ternand Marsh Harrier


You're on!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minsmere is a great day out. lots of different habitat.

lets hope for good views of beardies,

should be lots of chicks about

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