Sunday 9 November 2014

Sunday 9th November

Another excellent day's birding with the highlight the second Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn around Dead Dolphin Wood and the Main Pond with half a dozen Chiffchaff.   In stark contrast to yesterday the sea was mirror calm with no skuas and not even a Gannet passing, however the three Velvet Scoter were still present and a second winter Little Gull was around groynes 1 & 2 early morning being replaced by the Bonaparte's Gull which made another brief reappearance, having last been reported here on 22nd October. Overhead another pulse of vismig saw 1720 Wood Pigeon, 24 Stock Dove, eight Jackdaw, six Rook and a Great Northern Diver west, with two Peregrine and a Merlin hunting migrants over the spit. Elsewhere a Dartford Warbler and two Cirl Bunting were in Greenland Lake, the Water Pipit was in front of the hide, two Great Northern Diver and a Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary with counts of 700+ Dunlin, 36 Bar-tailed Godwit, 32 Ringed Plover, 27 Shelduck, 11 Sanderling, five Knot and two Mediterranean Gull.

Wildlife News: A Common Seal was on Bull Hill and at least eight Red Admiral were on the wing heading west.

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