Saturday 19 November 2022

Saturday 19th November

A late start meant any Woodpigeon movement overhead went unreported with just 380 W after 9.15am, blue skies kept passerines high but at least 20 Skylark, 15 Chaffinch, two Redpoll and a Siskin also went through, with 70 Linnet, 25 Greenfinch and two Bullfinch also on site. Around the bushes six Chiffchaff and three Goldcrest with five Water Rail, singing Little Grebe, a Kingfisher and a Cetti's Warbler at the Main Pond.

Counts over the afternoon high tide included 1450 Dunlin, with at least six new colour-ringed arrivals, 829 Wigeon, 248 Dark-bellied and three Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 155 Teal, 67 Bar-tailed Godwit, 62 Great Black-backed Gull, 55+ Turnstone, 54 Grey and 39 Ringed Plover, 28 Knot, 10 Sanderling, seven Greenshank and singles of Cattle Egret, Mediterranean Gull, Kingfisher, Red-breasted Merganser, Pintail and Lapwing, the latter only the fourth record this year. 

Pintail - Lee Collins

Despite the flat sea very little to be seen offshore with just two Eider off Exmouth and at least 31 Common Scoter in the bay.

Wildlife News: Three Grey Seal in the estuary, with the male's 'song' carrying across the water. 

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