Sunday 3 November 2013

Sunday 3rd November

Two brief firsts for the year today were amongst the highlights. Late morning a heavy squall came through the Warren and lead to a brief window of passage offshore, in just 10 minutes 110+ Kittiwake, 85+ Gannet, two Great Skua and a Leach's Petrel headed south. The front that came through late afternoon failed to be productive with just a single Great Northern Diver offshore. The other new bird for the year was a flyover Snow Bunting mid afternoon; also overhead today two Mistle Thrush, the first Fieldfare of the autumn and single Redwing and Siskin. Elsewhere the Merlin and Short-eared Owl both remained on Warren Point.

Counts from the estuary today included 2650 Oystercatcher, 841 Wigeon, 478 Brent Geese, 297 Dunlin, 73 Teal, 31 Grey Plover, 17 Shelduck, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Mediterranean Gull, three Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

Wildlife News: At least two Common Darter were still around Dead Dolphin Wood.

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