Sunday, 9 October 2016
Sunday 9th October
Counts from the estuary included 1720 Wigeon, 359 Teal, 892 Oystercatcher, 428 Curlew, 50 Knot, 23 Shelduck, 22 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Ringed Plover and just 16 Brent Geese and five Dunlin. Also present the first three Red-breasted Merganser of the winter, seven Pintail and a juvenile Osprey which caught a fish and flew off upriver. Elsewhere two Eider offshore were the first since 2014, vismig saw a Red Kite head north, 48 Lesser Black-backed Gull head south along with 128 Goldfinch, 36 Skylark, 35 Meadow Pipit, 15 Swallow, 12 House Martin, nine Rook, two Grey Wagtail and the first five Siskin of the autumn. Grounded migrants included 20 Chiffchaff, five Goldcrest, four Blackcap, four Wheatear and three Coal Tit.