Sunday 7 November 2021

Sunday 7th November

A switch back to NW winds brought hope of improved vis mig but the lack of cloud cover and birds was not forecast. Jackdaw were the main movers with c40 W & c70 NE, the latter birds presumably reorienting after recent movements, also overhead just 120 Wood Pigeon, 25 Skylark, c20 Chaffinch, a flock of six Bullfinch, two Jay, two Snipe and singles of Redpoll, Mistle Thrush and Redwing.

On site the first Firecrest of the autumn moved along the Dune Ridge, upwards of 90 Goldfinch were present with four Reed Bunting and a Siskin and in the bushes nine Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest. Offshore two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver

Counts from the estuary included a doubling of Dunlin numbers in recent days with 1107 counted along with 488 Wigeon, 275 Teal, 238 Redshank, 56 Shelduck, 36 Grey and 30 Ringed Plover, 16 Greenshank, nine Knot, five Black-tailed Godwit, three Pale-bellied Brent Geese, two Mallard and a Pintail.

Wildlife News: At least half a dozen Common Darter remain on the wing with a single Red Admiral. A hibernating Small Tortoiseshell was the only other butterfly seen. 

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