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I counted black headed gull, herring gull, greater black backed gull, lesser black backed gull, Axmouth Seaton heron, mute swan, greenshank, redshank, lapwing, grey plover, avocet, curlew, cormorant, shag, shelduck, long-tailed duck, dunlin, teal, bar-tailed godwit, black-tailed godwit, turnstone, oystercatcher, red breasted merganser, great crested grebe, slavonian grebe, wigeon, brent goose and peregrine.
The Nene Washes are probably most important as a site for breeding waders such as snipe and black-tailed godwit, they nest on the floodplain meadows and are looking for open country with no obstacles such as overhead lines as potential hazards.
World Migratory Bird Day cites seven flagship species: barn swallow, black-tailed godwit, Amur falcon, garganey, yellow-breasted bunting, red knot, and spoon-billed sandpiper.
Some species prefer to eat inland where earthworms and insects supplement their diet; one species, the black-tailed godwit, has even adapted to eat rice grains in the paddies of Asia.
Other UK birds have been added to the near threatened list - including oystercatchers, lapwings, know, curlew sandpiper and bar-tailed godwit - and join species already listed such as the black-tailed godwit and curlew.
This means that we are currently getting fantastic views of birds like black-tailed godwit and dunlin in full breeding plumage, a treat indeed
SAFE HAVEN: Protected wildlife area Egremont beach is a vital habitat for birds such as the pintail duck and the black-tailed godwit
Black-tailed Godwit Picture: MIKE NESBIT Unfortunately the stronghold on the Shannon Callows in Ireland has seen similarly big losses this year due to high water levels.
The portrait of a black-tailed godwit standing one-legged on a post won 10-year-old Sophie Bramall from Stafford the under-12s category of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards.
The black-tailed godwit has just 50 breeding pairs.
The black-tailed godwit has just 50 breeding pairs and has seen numbers decline by a third in the past 15 years.