Friday 29 September 2023

Friday 29th September

A productive visit over the evening tide saw a fair amount of disturbance in the estuary from a coastguard operation offshore as well as a rib and paddleborder in Shutterton Creek. Wildfowl counts included 510 Wigeon, 212 Teal and eight Pintail with several Pale-bellied Brent offsite. The 2cy Little Gull was also still present, with 153 Carrion Crow and 12 Jackdaw feeding on the algal choked mudflats.

Around the Bight 320 Redshank, 113 Dunlin, 77 Ringed Plover, 12 Greenshank, 11 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, five Knot, two Curlew Sandpiper, two Whimbrel and the Little Ringed Plover.

Offshore at least seven Arctic Skua harassing the feeding gulls which also held 18 Sandwich and a Common Tern, with five Balearic Shearwater south and a Red-throated Diver and an Eider on the sea. 

Elsewhere 12 Grey Heron flew south in a flock of nine, with two distantly offshore and a single. An Osprey was in the Bight during the morning and a Nightingale was reported but no other migrant news was received.

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