Thursday, 2 February 2017

Thursday 2nd February

As forecast strong gale force south/southeasterly winds throughout,  with showers for the first two hours then dry. Sea watching from sea wall for 45 minutes from dawn saw six Long-tailed Duck heading south, presumably the birds from Labrador Bay, with 30 Gannet and seven Kittiwake; a later watch at 13:00 did not produce anything. The big high tide saw large numbers of waders roosting with counts of 243 Grey Plover, 144 Knot, 31 Sanderling, 26 Turnstone but just four Bar-tailed Godwit. Also in the estuary 114 Brent Geese, 89 Shelduck, a Goldeneye and an adult Mediterranean Gull with Herbert, the Slavonian Grebe, in the Bight.

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