Sunday 27 September 2015

Sunday 27th September

On the dawn and dusk tides, 20 Mute Swan, the Slavonian Grebe, two Brent Goose, 744 Wigeon, 45 Teala Golden Plover circled around a while, two Grey Plover, no Ringed Plover, 481 Curlew, a Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, two Knot, three Turnstone, five Sanderling, 83 Dunlin, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 231 Redshank, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 124 Great Black-backed Gull.  Glaring morning sunshine precluded seawatching, so only 18 Gannet and two Sandwich Tern were noted offshore.  Searches throughout scrubby and built-up areas failed to re-find the Rose-coloured Starling and efforts were only rewarded with single imm Green Woodpecker, three Coal Tit, ten Long-tailed Tit, four Stonechat, nine Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, five Goldcrest, a Chaffinch, c.40 Linnet, two Reed Bunting and 31 Starling.  Quiet overhead wth four Rook, a Mistle Thrush, five Lesser Redpoll, five Siskin, c.10 Meadow Pipit, three Grey Wagtail and 30 Goldfinch.

The Cackling Goose (minima-type) with 140 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent were visible up estuary in the evening, but were way off outside the site's recording boundary.

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