Monday 28 December 2020

Monday 28th December

More-or-less full coverage dawn to dusk today in demanding conditions with a bitterly cold and strong north-northwesterly with rain at the start.  High tides were during hours of darkness, so despite the effort there was little to report.

Offshore, 48 Great Crested Grebe (plus 3 in the estuary); four auk spp. and the Great Northern Diver.  Four Mallard, including the domestic thing, two Shoveler and a Little Grebe were on Main Pond and the flooded area by the Visitor Centre (VC).  Single-figures of tits, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Bullfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were in the woods and 14 Siskin commuted with some Goldfinch between Entrance Bushes and the mainland, as they have been doing for some time now. About 50 Goldfinch and c.30 Greenfinch moved around the site.  Selected other sightings today were eight Cirl Bunting, a Peregrine and a Kestrel

Small gulls descended onto the estuary corner waters to roost at dusk and counts were 204 Black-headed Gull and 68 Common Gull. At least 300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose commuted between flooded and unplayable parts of the golf course and Eastdon Fields.   

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