Monday 1 January 2018

Monday 1st January

A wet start to the new year delayed proceedings but once the worst had cleared through a look off the seawall was productive. At least 250 Gannet were still present with 108 Great-crested Grebe, 80+ Kittiwake and 50+ Guillemot also feeding offshore, with them single Pomarine and Great Skua, five Great Northern and seven Red-throated Diver, four Eider and the Long-tailed Duck.

With no high tide during daylight there were few counts from the estuary but 220 Brent Geese were present along with 18 Sanderling, a female Goldeneye, an adult Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Siskin was with Goldfinch in the Entrance Bushes and a Little Grebe sang from the Main Pond. The day ended with 73 species on the board.

Wildlife News: The annual BSBI New Year Plant Hunt saw a record total of 43 species in flower including Narrow-leaved Ragwort, Sea Rocket, Honeysuckle, two species of Evening Primrose, Ivy, Herb-Robert and Common Stork's-bill. Offshore a distant Common Dolphin and in the estuary a Common Seal.

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