Monday 11 November 2013

Monday 11th November

Despite the lack of wind seawatching proved rewarding with the highlight an unexpected year tick, a female-type Red-crested Pochard that flew south on its own just before 10am. This was only the site's fourth record and the first since 1999. Also heading south during the morning 260+ Common Scoter, three Great Northern and Red-throated Diver, two Balearic Shearwater, single Pomarine and Great Skua, an immature Long-tailed Duck with some Scoter and a first winter Little Gull; 16 more Little Gull passed later in the day. Away from the seawall the Black Brant and female Long-tailed Duck were in the Bight with 110 Dunlin, 33 Grey Plover, seven Sanderling and the Slavonian Grebe also in the estuary. Elsewhere 'only' 110 Redwing and 23 Fieldfare flew over, a pair of Cirl Bunting were mobile around Greenland Lake and five Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were in the Entrance Bushes.

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