Tuesday 5 December 2023

Tuesday 5th December

At least 12 Great Northern Diver were feeding close inshore, three off the seawall and six off Warren Point, it was otherwise quiet offshore with 16 Great Crested Grebe and around Langstone Rock, the three Common Scoter.

Great Northern Diver - Alan Keatley

Wildfowl and wader numbers were much reduced on the neap high tide, with birds able to feed and roost elsewhere around the estuary. Counts included 830 Dunlin, 345 Wigeon, 250 Teal, 65 Shelduck, 49 Grey and four Ringed Plover, 18 Knot, 13 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, three Greenshank, two Red-breasted Merganser and just one Bar-tailed Godwit.

Elsewhere two pairs of Shoveler were on the Main Pond and around the bushes four Chiffchaff, three Goldcrest and two Firecrest.

Shoveler - Alan Keatley

Other Wildlife: An old Alder Tongue Taphrina alni found growing on Alder catkins was just the third site record. 

Alder Tongue - Kevin Rylands

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