Sunday 6 November 2016

Sunday 6th November

Vismig this morning was slow going but a steady stream of 3-400 sized flocks saw the Wood Pigeon count eventually rise to 11360. The smaller flocks made it easier to multitask counting and picking out Stock Dove with an autumn high of 49 noted heading west. Also overhead 97 Chaffinch, five Redpoll, four Rook, four Jackdaw and two Golden Plover.

Counts from the estuary included 1195 Oystercatcher, 1095 Dunlin, 148 Brent Geese; only two juveniles, 77 Grey Plover, 32 Turnstone, 16 Shelduck and five Red-breasted Merganser. Elsewhere one Eider remained offshore, the Bonaparte's Gull flew along the beach midmorning, a pair of Shoveler were on the Main Pond and the Yellow-browed Warbler was in the Entrance Bushes with at least eight Chiffchaff also on site.

Wildlife News: A couple of Common Darter and Red Admiral were still on the wing in sheltered sunny spots.

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