Sunday 21 February 2016

Sunday 21st February

Just enough daylight to cover both tides for the first time this year, 2180 Dunlin, a good count and again included the Polish-ringed bird; 910 Oystercatcher, 168 Bar-tailed Godwit, 102 Grey Plover, 66 Knot, 48 Curlew, 46 Redshank, 45 Turnstone, 18 Sanderling, 15 Ringed Plover, 12 Common Snipe and two Greenshank.  A male Peregrine stooped at the waders at dusk but was unsuccessful.   Gull estimates were again gathered, c.200 Black-headed Gull, 120 Common Gull, both good counts; c.70 Herring Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, four Mediterranean Gull, which included a Polish-ringed adult; two Lesser Black-backed Gull and the adult Bonaparte's Gull was on show all afternoon in the estuary.

An arrival from Oak Meadow Golf Course, bolstered numbers to 341 Brent Goose on site.  In the estuary corner, 27 Teal, 12 Wigeon, a female Goldeneye and the Slavonian Grebe.

Thoughts about the state of bird interest at sea were not printable.  The bushes were left unsearched today; a pair Stonechat were on the 7th tee, a Reed Bunting was singing in the golf course pond and a Cirl Bunting was singing at dusk along the Back Path.

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