Monday 23 October 2023

Monday 23rd October

The increasing wind and a 1.5 hour seawatch saw 240 Kittiwake, 215 Gannet, 18 Common Scoter and two Great Northern Diver head SW along with a notable gull passage including 450 Black-headed, 23 Common and seven Mediterranean Gull. Also offshore two Red-throated Diver and a Sandwich Tern.

The same conditions blew seven Gannet into the estuary, along with 87 Great Black-backed Gull and a 3cy Caspian Gull roosting on Finger Point, the 16th site record and the second of the year. 

Also in the estuary a single Spoonbill and the Green-winged Teal (or hybrid), with counts including 1070 Wigeon, 414 Teal, 337 Dunlin, 78 Dark and 27 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 44 Ringed Plover, four Pintail and a Whimbrel.

Elsewhere just six Skylark overhead, a Wheatear on the Point and a Cetti's Warbler at the Main Pond, only the 17th site record but now recorded for the seventh autumn in succession.

Ringing News: Today's Caspian Gull had been ringed as a chick in the nest at IJsselmeer (De Kreupel), Noord-Holland, The Netherlands on 11 Jun 2021. For a history of this bird -

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