Wednesday 30 November 2022

Wednesday 30th November

A pleasant day with both bird and insect interest. A smart male Eider was in the estuary, with good numbers of waders at roosts around the Bight, although many Oystercatcher are currently preferring to roost on the estuary wall north of Cockwood. Counts included 1200 Dunlin, 140 Grey and 44 Ringed Plover, 135 Bar-tailed Godwit, 95 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 56 Knot, 55 Turnstone, 40 Shelduck and 21 Sanderling.

Eider - Alan Keatley

The usual mix of species in the bushes with four Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest with the Cetti's Warbler at the Main Pond where a drake Shoveler has hopefully returned for the winter. Offshore a flock of five Red-throated Diver and 28 Common Scoter flew south early morning with a female Pintail offshore with a small flock of five Great Crested Grebe.

Wildlife News: Insects on the wing included a Slender Melanostoma M. scalare and two Opomyzid flies: Geomyza subnigra and G. tripunctata.

Slender Melanostoma - Alan Keatley

Geomyza subnigra - Alan Keatley

Geomyza tripunctata - Alan Keatley

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