Friday 11 October 2013

Friday 11th October 2013

Highlight and main interest of the day was a flock of three Whooper Swan that flew in off the sea at 09:05, over the spit and landed with Mute Swan in the estuary, where they remained until 10:45, before flying north up the estuary.  The 12th site record, the last sighting being in Jan 2008.

Counts in the estuary produced 223 Teal, 144 Wigeon, 190 Canada Geese, 302 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 74 Dunlin, a Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 207 Black-headed Gull and 2 ad w Mediterranean Gull.

In a fresh northerly, a few Razorbill and Gannet, and 8 Common Scoter were all that there seen at sea, and the bushes and dunes were largely blown out, with no more than awareness that the odd Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Reed Bunting were hidden there.  Only singles of pipits and wagtails passed overhead.

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