Saturday, 29 November 2014

Saturday 29th November

A Spotted Redshank in the Railway Saltmarsh was the first of the year, with it were 18 Greenshank, the highest count since 2006; both species presumably moving down estuary from the River Kenn. Also in the estuary counts of 1485 Oystercatcher, 1350 Dunlin, 329 Wigeon, 206 Redshank, 171 Bar-tailed Godwit, 169 Brent Geese, 109 Grey Plover, 68 Teal, 35 Turnstone, 23 Ringed Plover, 21 Knot, nine Sanderling, a Pintail and the Slavonian Grebe. Offshore the drake Long-tailed Duck was off John's Watch, three Velvet Scoter were off Langstone Rock with five Great-crested Grebe and three Red-throated Diver also present. Elsewhere a Siberian Chiffchaff was a new arrival in the Entrance Bushes, a Dartford Warbler was in Greenland Lake and the Water Pipit was in front of the hide. Offsite the Hoopoe was mobile around local gardens and caravan parks.

Wildlife News: At least 22 species of plant were in flower including Sea Campion, two species of Evening Primrose, Yarrow and Herb-robert.

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