Saturday 10 December 2022

Saturday 10th December

No sign of yesterday's grebe in mirror calm conditions, although 30 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Red-throated and 12 Great Northern Diver, three Eider and the Sandwich Tern were off the seawall.

In the estuary counts included 562 Teal, 376 Wigeon, 282 Curlew, numbers back up as surrounding fields become frozen, 194 Redshank, 126 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 103 Grey and 10 Ringed Plover, 83 Shelduck, 70 Knot, 59 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 13 Greenshank, three Shoveler and two Red-breasted Merganser.

Elsewhere, 15 Redwing overhead were a sign of the cold weather, with two Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff in the bushes, the Cetti's Warbler at the icy Main Pond with five Shoveler, four Water Rail and Snipe and a Little Grebe.

Reed Bunting - Alan Keatley 

Ringing News: One of the Shelduck was a yellow ringed bird, SL. This was ringed as an adult at Seaton Marshes on 09/02/2013. It is back for at least it's eight winter on the Warren, last being recorded here back in February. Also today several colour-ringed Oystercatcher feeding in Greenland Lake, these birds regularly are seen foraging on the Golf Course so were presumably seeking out less frozen areas to fed. 

Wildlife News: A Common Seal was off the seawall and a new species for the Recording Area, the freshwater leech Erpobdella testacea, was found on the underside of some submerged wood. 

Erpobdella testacea - Alan Keatley

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