After no news yesterday the Snow Bunting made a surprise reappearance on the beach by groyne 7. It remained here for much of the day but was often elusive and disappeared for long periods. Also on site 45 Greenfinch and 35 Goldfinch remain, along with seven Redwing, six Cirl and five Reed Bunting, five Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest, with a Tawny Owl roosting in Dead Dolphin Wood.
Counts from the estuary included 2200 Dunlin, a further increase as winter numbers start to build, 397 Wigeon, 251 Teal, 122 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 71 Grey Plover, 60 Bar-tailed Godwit, 54 Shelduck, seven Greenshank, six Great-crested Grebe and three Red-breasted Merganser. A reminder: the golf course is private land and unfortunately there remains no public access to the Bight and Hide, please view the estuary from Warren Point or Cockwood railway crossing.
Elsewhere six Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore with five Common Scoter and three Mediterranean Gull.
Wildlife News: Two Grey Seal were in the estuary and although rarely seen the abundance of Stoat footprints along the Dune Ridge confirm they are still present on site. A couple of winter active Buff-tailed Bumblebee were on the planted Hebe by the sea wall and a Celery Fly Euleia heraclei was on the wing. Large numbers of active mines can be seen on the Alexanders around the car park.