Sunday 15 January 2017

Sunday 15th January

Seawatching for an hour early morning saw a heavy auk passage south with 1600+ birds, of which the vast majority of those identified were Razorbill, also heading south 10 Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver, 72 Gannet and c40 Kittiwake. Later on the Black-necked Grebe was still off the seawall with 41 Great-crested Grebe and four Eider.  

In the estuary counts included 174 Brent Geese, 103 Bar-tailed Godwit, 76 Shelduck, a winter high of 33 Sanderling, two Greenshank, two Goldeneye and the two Slavonian Grebe. The Bonaparte's Gull was also still present feeding in the estuary channel on the dropping tide from 12.30-15.30 at least before heading offshore.

Elsewhere the Yellow-browed Warbler was again behind the Main Pond, where a Gadwall and three Shoveler remain and six Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on offshore sandbars this evening.

Wildlife News: Four Harbour Porpoise were off the seawall.

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