Wednesday 29 December 2021

Wednesday 29th December

The Spoonbill again roosted on Finger Point over high tide but accurate wader and wildfowl counts were prevented by the almost continuous presence of two Peregrine around the Bight. 

Peregrine - Alan Keatley

Tallies that made it into the notebook included 900 Oystercatcher, 311 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 146 Curlew, a year high of 117 Shelduck, just 32 Teal and 11 Red-breasted Merganser. The two Black-necked Grebe are still in the estuary, seen distantly off Starcross, outside the Recording Area. 

Elsewhere two Fulmar south were the first for several months, with five Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver also offshore, a pair of Little Grebe were seemingly nest building at the Main Pond, and at least one Siberian Chiffchaff remains on site.

Wildlife News: A couple of Marmalade Hoverfly were on the wing, no doubt migrants brought here on the continuing southerly airflow. 

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