Sunday 21 February 2016

Saturday 20th February

Gull numbers, counted at various states of tide, were back to pre-storm influx levels with c.90 Herring Gull, c.80 Black-headed Gull, 34 Common Gull, at least ten Great Black-backed Gull, two Lesser Black-backed Gull, two Mediterranean Gull and the adult winter Bonaparte's Gull.  In the estuary, a female Goldeneye and the Slavonian Grebe.  The few representative waders counts obtained were 87 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew and 30 Sanderling.  Still quite flooded, the golf course hosted 270 Brent Goose, many Oystercatchers, some of the 14 Meadow Pipit, 10 Pied Wagtail and three Rock Pipit.

The sea was again disappointing with only seven Great Crested Grebe, three Gannet, two Kittiwake, one Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver

Standard fayre in the bushes, with 20 Greenfinch, 10 Linnet, nine Blue Tit, eight Goldfinch, four Great Tit, three  Goldcrest, two each of Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff and Chaffinch and singles of StonechatTreecreeper and Bullfinch.  A singing Cirl Bunting again. 

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