Tuesday 1 December 2020

Tuesday 1st December

The highlight was a Whooper Swan that flew in off the sea over the site and straight up the estuary early morning. This is the 13th site record (26 birds) since 1954 and is the second record of the year after two that flew over on 5th January.  This is a tough species to see here with only three of these records having involved birds seen more than briefly.

On the morning high tide, a few selected counts included c.450 Black-tailed Godwit, 219 Redshank, 170 Curlew, 161 Bar-tailed Godwit, 133 Knot, 101 Shelduck, 31 Ringed Plover, two Lapwing, and 'Herbert' the Slavonian Grebe.

A scan offshore over calm waters in the morning produced 39 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Red-throated Diver and single-figures of Gannet, Guillemot and Razorbill.  Swimming about on Main Pond were five Shoveler, a ♀ Mallard and the usual ♂ domestic Mallard

A short walk through the woods noted single-figures of tits, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and a Firecrest foraging actively in the sunshine.

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