Thursday 8 December 2022

Thursday 8th December

Cold and clear after the first heavy ground frost for a while, ice remained in some areas all day, the weather also produced flat calm conditions offshore. At least eight Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver viewed from the seawall, with 15 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Common Scoter, six Razorbill and two Eider, an adult and first winter males, also present.

The light beat the tide this evening so unable to check or count the majority of waders, but wildfowl were present in good numbers. Counts from the estuary included 588 Teal, 355 Wigeon, 81 Shelduck, 73 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 52 Turnstone, five Greenshank, two Red-breasted Merganser, a Black-tailed Godwit and, feeding in Shutterton Creek, an Avocet.

Elsewhere four Water Rail and three (mff) Shoveler were at the Main Pond, 12 Skylark were on the Golf Course, and the bushes remain quiet, with two Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest within a roving flock of 10 Long-tailed Tit.

Wildlife News: A Harbour Porpoise was off the seawall early afternoon. 

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