Sunday 18 December 2022

Sunday 18th December

A thoroughly wet and miserable day although observers braved the conditions for WeBS, but the weather considerably hampered counts, not helped by a couple of low helicopter passes. The neap tide also lowered numbers. 

The single Avocet remained in the estuary, a year high count of 102 Shelduck, along with 643 Oystercatcher, 348 Dunlin, 122 Bar-tailed Godwit, 71 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 26 Redshank, 22 Brent Geese, 19 Grey Plover, 15 Knot, seven Sanderling, just five Curlew, three Turnstone, two Greenshank, a Red-breasted Merganser and a Kingfisher.

Elsewhere 37 Gannet were offshore with 11 Razorbill, three Great Crested Grebe, two Red-throated Diver, just two Kittiwake and a Common Scoter; the bushes held six Redwing, four Bullfinch, a Mistle Thrush and a Chiffchaff, three Shoveler on the Main Pond and despite, or perhaps because of, the conditions a site record 17 Cirl Bunting on the Golf Course.

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