Thursday 31 December 2020

Thursday 31st December

Crisp clear conditions, with increasing signs of winter as the smaller ponds remained frozen over all day. Other than the lingering Redwing there was no real sign of any cold weather movement, but the site record of 14 Cirl Bunting may well be weather related. 

Counts from the estuary included a winter high 436 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 301 Teal, 161 Knot, 163 Grey and 37 Ringed Plover, 138 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 106 Shelduck, 34 Wigeon and six Greenshank. The bushes still held a Firecrest, two Coal Tit and four Chiffchaff, whilst the Siskin flock had increased to 12. 

Offshore seven Red-throated Diver but no sign of the Black-necked Grebe today, Great-crested Grebe however had increased to 66 birds. 

Wildlife News: A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

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