Friday 21 October 2022

Friday 21st October

A thoroughly wet and windy day, with the forecast breaks in rain rarely materialising. A check of the afternoon tide saw a lot of flood water in the river and the immature female Peregrine again trying her luck with various waders and wildfowl.

Counts from the estuary included 1,636 Wigeon, 600+ Teal  227 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 98 Dunlin, c60 Great Black-backed Gull, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Shelduck, 16 Greenshank,14 Ringed and eight Grey Plover, two Kingfisher, a Whimbrel, a Red-breasted Merganser, a late juv Common Tern and the first returning Little Grebe.

Elsewhere a Cetti's Warbler called from Dead Dolphin Wood and a few Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were present in the blown out bushes. 

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