Friday 13 October 2023

Friday 13th October

A morning seawatch lacked any large shearwaters even on the distant horizon but it was still busy with 564 Gannet south in 2.25 hours along with 268 Kittiwake, seven Arctic Skua, four Sandwich Tern, three Balearic Shearwater and two Mediterranean Gull. Also passing south two different Merlin, a flock of 10 Swallow, and small numbers of waders including Dunlin, Sanderling and a Golden Plover which dipped on sea but managed to continue.

In the estuary a further influx of wildfowl with 848 Wigeon and c250 Teal , the latter count interrupted by the discovery of the Warren's long awaited first Green-winged Teal, a moulting drake. 

Elsewhere the Red-legged Partridge was flushed on the Golf Course and flew over to the Railway Saltmarsh, four Goldcrest and three Chiffchaff were in the bushes and a Bullfinch flew NE.

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