Saturday, 7 December 2013

Saturday 7th December

Little change on site today with the headline birds still present and showing well. The Bonaparte's Gull was off the sea wall, along with 150+ Common and two Velvet Scoter, 51 Red-breasted Merganser, 40 Great-crested Grebe, nine Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver and the first returning Fulmar. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 423 Wigeon, 141 Grey Plover, 120 Redshank, 40 Turnstone, 35 Knot, 29 Ringed Plover, 11 Sanderling, two Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Other records included the White-fronted Goose on the golf course, a male Cirl Bunting in song and late/suppressed news of a first for the year - a Spotted Redshank some when at the end of November.

Bonaparte's Gull © Phil Stidwell

Wildlife News: A pod of seven Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore.

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