Sunday 23 February 2014

Sunday 23rd February

A stormy but thankfully dry day saw most attention directed offshore, with five hours of seawatching on and off during the day. Counts included 525 Kittiwake, 280+ auk species, some in poor condition, of these 130+ Guillemot and at least seven Razorbill were close enough to identify; 61 Gannet, 20+ Red-throated Diver, 20 Fulmar and two adult Little Gull, all heading south with 68 Common and four Velvet Scoter, four Great Northern Diver and two Long-tailed Duck also still present. Despite the low high tide wader numbers recovered from previous days with totals including 1552 Oystercatcher, 1508 Dunlin, 178 Grey Plover, 153 Curlew, 96 Redshank, 85 Bar-tailed Godwit and 46 Knot. Also in the estuary the Black Brant with 300+ Brent Geese, 155+ Common Gull, a first winter Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Bonaparte's Gull was briefly off the seawall late afternoon and a Water Pipit was in front of the hide.

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