Wednesday 21 December 2022

Tuesday 21st December

Two Avocet were favouring this end of the estuary, with counts over high tide including 155 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 129 Snipe, 112 Wigeon, 93 Shelduck, 33 Ringed Plover, 23 Teal, 23 Sanderling, 12 Turnstone, six Red-breasted Merganser and two Greenshank.

Elsewhere the immature male Eider, a Great Northern Diver and 14 Great Crested Grebe were offshore, a Yellowhammer flew over and a mobile flock of 11 Long-tailed Tit, two Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff were in the bushes.

Ringing News: A recently dead BTO ringed Oystercatcher was found on the Golf Course, presumably a victim of the recent cold spell. It had been ringed, as an adult, at the Warren in 2004 so was at least 19 years old, although possibly much older with the longevity record for the species being 36 years.  

Wildlife News: A female Grey Seal was hauled out on the favoured barge in the estuary.

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