Thursday, 20 January 2022

Thursday 20th January

A Siberian Chiffchaff was in the Entrance Bushes with 22 Great-crested Grebe offshore, two Shoveler on the Main Pond and 190 Teal, 45 Shelduck, 24 Wigeon and two Greenshank in the estuary. 

Siberian Chiffchaff - Alan Keatley

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Tuesday 18th January

The Spoonbill was again in the estuary but no other news was received. 

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Sunday 16th January

Counts from the estuary on the dropping morning tide included 298 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 157 Teal, 133 Curlew, 83 Bar-tailed Godwit, 78 Shelduck, 71 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling, 17 Wigeon10 Greenshank and six Red-breasted Merganserwith three Peregrine on Bull Hill.

Elsewhere two Pintail. four Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were offshore, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 12 Long-tailed Tit, three Chiffchaff and three Goldcrest were in the bushes and three Little Grebe were on the Main Pond with single Kingfisher, Water Rail and Shoveler.

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Saturday 15th January

Counts from the estuary included 262 Teal, 260 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 107 Common and an adult Mediterranean Gull, 96 Shelduck, 38 Wigeon, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, six Greenshank, four Egyptian Geese and a Kingfisher.

Elsewhere at least 60 auks were feeding offshore in flat calm conditions with 54 Great-crested Grebe, 12 Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver; 800+ roosting Starling, four Shoveler and a second Kingfisher were at the Main Pond with a Siberian Chiffchaff in Dead Dolphin Wood and two Siskin in the Entrance Bushes. 

Just outside the Recording Area a Great White Egret flew south over the village and the two Black-necked Grebe were off Starcross. 

Wildlife News: A Fox was hunting around the Main Pond early morning.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Friday 14th January

The immature Spoonbill was in the saltmarsh corner late afternoon but not other news was received. 

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Thursday 13th January

A sunny but chilly start, with a widespread ground frost and icy puddles, the bushes were very quiet, although the first Bullfinch of the year was in Dead Dolphin Wood. On the Main Pond the Little Grebe were still nest building with three Shoveler and a Water Rail present.  With the tide low, counts were limited to 99 Shelduck, 12 Sanderling, four Red-breasted Merganser and a Greenshank.

Wildlife News: A few insects ventured out into the afternoon with a couple of Buff-tailed Bumblebee and the first Honey Bee of the year the Hebe. Also, a single Yellow Dungfly and a couple of Calliphora vicina warming themselves up in the sunshine, all typical insects for this time of year.

Honey Bee - Alan Keatley

Calliphora vicina - Alan Keatley

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Tuesday 11th February

A lunchtime visit for the incoming tide revealed 1000+ Dunlin, 143 Grey and 38 Ringed Plover, 68 Brent Geese, 20 Knot and five Sanderling, with a Kestrel and two Cirl Bunting on site and 18 Great-crested Grebe and a Great Northern Diver offshore.

Kestrel - Dean Hall

Wildlife News: At least three Common Dolphin were putting on a good show offshore. 

Monday, 10 January 2022

Monday 10th January

An afternoon visit on the dropping tide saw a Water Pipit on the saltmarsh (no public access) with 260 Teal, 68 Shelduck, nine Red-breasted Merganser, three Greenshank and a Kingfisher in the estuary. 

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Sunday 9th January

Counts from the estuary included the two Black-necked Grebe, 358 Teal, 128 Snipe, 69 Redshank, 18 Red-breasted Merganser, 16 Wigeon, seven Greenshank, two Goldeneye, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Bar-headed Goose and a Great Northern Diver.

Elsewhere 11 Great Northern and four Red-throated Diver were offshore with 20 Great-crested Grebe; 700 Starling, five Shoveler and a Kingfisher were at the Main Pond and seven Water Rail, four Chiffchaff and a Siberian Chiffchaff were on site. 

Shoveler - Dave Jewell

Green Woodpecker - Alan Keatley

Saturday, 8 January 2022

Saturday 8th January

A very wet and grey day, seawatching during the day saw counts of 44 Gannet, 31 Great-crested Grebe, 10 Guillemot, nine Great Northern and three Red-throated Diver, five Kittiwake, three Razorbill, a Fulmar and the year's first Common Scoter.

Counts from the estuary included 1700 Dunlin, 165 Grey and 24 Ringed Plover, 110 Bar-tailed Godwit, 96 Dark-bellied Brent Geese,  89 Shelduck, 23 Sanderling, the first two Lesser Black-backed Gull of the year, two Goldeneye and a Great Northern Diver.

Elsewhere a Siberian Chiffchaff near the Main Pond with a single Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. On the pond five Shoveler and single Little Grebe, Water Rail and Kingfisher.