Saturday 9 January 2016

Saturday 9th January

A Purple Sandpiper was again on the seawall, the fourth record this winter of presumably the same individual, this is the first regular wintering bird since 1984/85. Also from the seawall an adult Little Gull offshore with 11 Red-throated and five Great Northern Diver south along with 100+ Kittiwake and c50 Gannet.

In the estuary a flock of 165 Black-tailed Godwit were roosting on Finger Point, presumably moved down river by floodwater, other counts included just 725 Dunlin and 350 Oystercatcher, 213 Brent Geese, 122 Curlew, 81 Grey Plover, 33 Bar-tailed Godwit and 29 Knot. Also from the hide the Slavonian Grebe, two Greenshank, the Water Pipit and a Sandwich Tern. Elsewhere a Firecrest was in the Entrance Bushes with a second bird in Dead Dolphin Wood and a Cirl Bunting was singing in bushes behind the hide.

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