Friday, 24 January 2014

Friday 24th January

A flat calm sea combined with overcast skies provided ideal conditions for viewing offshore. The first Black-necked Grebe of the year and a new male Long-tailed Duck joined the Red-necked Grebe and six Velvet Scoter already present. Also offshore a minimum count of 48 Red-throated Diver, a record non-passage site count, 31+ Great-crested Grebe, just seven Common Scoter, two Eider and two Great Northern Diver. Elsewhere the resident Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary where counts included 211 Grey Plover, 67 Knot, 52 Wigeon, 39 Teal, 31 Ringed Plover and 24 Turnstone.

 Great Northern Diver © Lee Collins

Red-necked Grebe © Lee Collins

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