Sunday, 21 February 2016

Friday 19th February

A brief search of the sea from the seawall in the morning saw 18 Great Crested Grebe, two Gannet, one Red-throated Diver and one Kittiwake.  On the Main Pond, two Water Rail squealed, two Little Grebe trilled, two pairs of Canada Goose honked and a Reed Bunting also made its presence known.

At low tide, 189 Black-headed Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull were out on the flats.   On the rising tide, the adult Bonaparte's Gull foraged along the estuary channel and on the afternoon high tide, rather modest counts included 87 Knot, 76 Grey Plover, 43 Curlew, 36 Bar-tailed Godwit and 21 Sanderling. The resident Slavonian Grebe was in attendance. 
The female  Firecrest was again in brambles beside the Back Path; also in the bushes were 18 Greenfinch, 8 Linnet, single Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Siskin and Goldcrest.  Two singing male Cirl Bunting roamed widely.  Two different pairs of Magpie were each seen carrying twigs to nests.

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