Wednesday 8 December 2021

Wednesday 8th December

The two Black-necked Grebe remained in the estuary with three Great-crested and a Little Grebe, four Red-breasted Merganser and a female Goldeneye. Counts over high tide included 1400 Dunlin, 220 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 135 Bar-tailed Godwit, 98 Grey and eight Ringed Plover, 85 Knot, 76 Shelduck and 10 Sanderling.

Elsewhere five Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver were offshore, four Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest were in the bushes, a pair of Shoveler were on the Main Pond and a Kingfisher was at Langstone Rock.

Great Northern Diver - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: A few winter active Buff-tailed Bumblebee were around the seawall.

Buff-tailed Bumblebee - Alan Keatley

The first major winter storm for the South West coincided with a high spring tide but the Dune Ridge by the 6th fairway stood up to it better than expected. Much of the sand that built up in front of the geotubes over the summer was lost and further toward Warren Point more gabion baskets were exposed. The next storm may have a greater affect.

Erosion 08/12/21 - Alan Keatley

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