Sunday 3 January 2016

Sunday 3rd January

A fine spring-like day once the rain moved through midmorning. Once again there were few seabirds offshore despite the gales but 491 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 13 Shoveler and six Pintail did fly in off, presumably displaced from further upriver, but some flocks did arrive from the east. Also four Little Gull were feeding offshore, with a couple moving to the estuary later on, 1750+ Herring Gull were around the estuary mouth and six Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver flew south.

Elsewhere the resident Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 166 Great Black-backed Gull, a first-winter Sandwich Tern and a Great Northern Diver with five Chiffchaff, the Treecreeper, a Coal Tit and a Great-spotted Woodpecker around the bushes.

Wildlife News: A Painted Lady was around the sunny side of the Main Pond early afternoon with a Red Admiral also on the wing.

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