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Slough sewage farm, or "The Farm" to the regulars whose patch it was many years ago, has had a good early spring with showy jack snipe and water rail in February after which were Brent goose, Greenshank & several Whimbrel, including one "on the deck"

Later there was Ruff, both blackwit & barwit, the odd Dunlin, Ringed plover and a couple of long staying LRPs. Wheatear passed through in good numbers with double figures on a few occasions. Whinchats haven't been as plentiful but are still going through in twos & threes. As last year, there was a Gropper singing above the noise level of the M4 for a day or so before it gave up and went to Wraysbury ... probably

The appearance of the first recorded Nightingale for the site was a good omen and was followed by the annual Garganey. Lesser throats are regulars for the last week in April and the annual turnstone is anticipated for May ....

The fudge has been classified as an "escape"

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