Sunday 10 January 2016

Sunday 10th January

A brief Grey Phalarope, which flew in off the sea and appeared to land in the estuary was an unexpected highlight, especially after the welcome change in the wet and windy weather. There was no further sign but searching did reveal the Bonaparte's Gull on site for the first time this year, feeding in the estuary off Warren Point. Also in the river seven Mediterranean Gull, a fw Sandwich Tern, three Goldeneye, two Greenshank, a Kingfisher and the Slavonian Grebe.

Counts from the hide included 950 Dunlin, 256 Brent Geese (on the golf course), 156 Grey Plover, 55 Shelduck, 22 Turnstone and 13 Sanderling. Elsewhere five Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore, 130 Pied Wagtail were on the golf course pre-roost, two Firecrest were in the Entrance Bushes and a pair of Gadwall were on the Main Pond.

Wildlife news. a butterfly resembling a worn Meadow Brown (!) flew NE was chased, but couldn't be relocated.

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