Saturday 20 November 2021

Saturday 20th November

Two Water Pipit in the Bight were the avian highlight, feeding alongside two Rock and two presumed Scandinavian Rock Pipit. Also in the estuary 52 Cattle Egret at first light, 1685 Dunlin, 631 Wigeon, 600 Teal, 297 Redshank, 280 Dark and one Pale-bellied Brent Geese,149 Curlew, 90 Bar and 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Grey and 26 Ringed Plover, 58 Shelduck, 57 Knot, 41 Turnstone, 14 Greenshank, 13 Sanderling, two Red-breasted Merganser and Lapwing and Mediterranean Gull.

Elsewhere 18 Great-crested Grebe, 17 Great and five Red-throated Diver were offshore, single Redwing and Mistle Thrush were overhead, single Kingfisher, Little Grebe and Water Rail were at the Main Pond and five Song Thrush and three Goldcrest were in the bushes. 

Wildlife News: The day's highlight was a single Atlantic Bluefin Tuna breaching a few times this evening seen from the sea wall, the second site record. At one point spooking an adult Gannet giving an impressive size comparison, the fish being over double the size of the Gannet. 

Giant Horsetail Equisetum telmateia was discovered by the Entrance Bushes, the 742nd plant for the Recording Area. A nocturnal wander revealed a single Rusty-dot Peal, a very late Blood-vein, both Common and Lesne's Earwig and enough False Widow Spider to shut down every school in the country.

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