Sunday 14 February 2016

Sunday 14th February

During the high tide, combined BTO WeBS and other counts produced up to 1,450 Oystercatcher, 658 Dunlin, 129 Grey Plover, 97 Knot, 53 Bar-tailed Godwit, 36 Turnstone, 22 Sanderling, 22 Redshank, 18 Ringed Plover, 8 Curlew, 40 Shelduck, and in the estuary 11 Red-breasted Merganser and the resident Slavonian Grebe.

The adult Bonaparte’s Gull quartered the main channel north of Warren Point on the dropping tide.  Two Great Northern Diver and a Great Crested Grebe were all that could be salvaged from the sea.  A Siskin was with 14 Goldfinch in the bushes and a male Reed Bunting appeared by the hide.

Déjà vu interest was provided by the re-discovery of a Darvic-ringed Dunlin and a metal-ringed Grey Plover, both last seen here together on 06 March 2015, and both assumed to be returning over-wintering birds.  The Grey Plover was ringed in Sep 2006 in Norway and the Dunlin in Jul 2014 in Poland.  And adding to the cosmopolitan feel of the waterbird assemblage, a metal-ringed Brent Goose was with us for its fourth consecutive winter, ringed Pyasina River, north Russia; see map below of ring origins.

Record shot of wader flock and Polish Darvic-ringed Dunlin from hide - Lee Collins

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