Saturday 18 January 2014

Saturday 18th January

There was no sign of the Black Brant, Bonaparte's or Glaucous Gull however they were hardly missed as the Warren continued to offer some great winter birding despite the rain. A Balearic Shearwater south was the pick offshore although two Little Gull, 150+ Kittiwake, 15 Red-throated Diver and 80+ auk sp also headed south whilst at least four Velvet Scoter were occasionally on show in choppy conditions. Elsewhere a wrecked Great Skua sheltered on the golf course for much of the day and a Red-necked Grebe was in the estuary. Counts from the estuary included 588 Brent Geese to roost, 255 Black-tailed Godwit, both of these high counts are due to birds being displaced by flooding up estuary; 194 Grey Plover, 163 Bar-tailed Godwit, 70+ Curlew, 50+ Knot, two Greenshank, a Goldeneye, and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Great Skua ©  Lee Collins
Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was in the estuary.

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