Saturday 14 January 2023

Saturday 14th January

A wet and windy start to the day, but conditions improved with at least 75 species recorded. The highlight was an unseasonal Manx Shearwater south early morning with 76 Gannet, 12 Kittiwake, seven Great Northern Diver, six Fulmar and three Common Scoter. Also offshore four Eider from Warren Point, two imm male and two female.

In the estuary a Lapwing on Finger Point over high tide was more unexpected these days than the two Spoonbill and Sandwich Tern also roosting there. Counts included c2000 Dunlin, although most roosted offsite north of Cockwood Harbour, 223 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 149 Bar-tailed Godwit, 138 Grey Plover, 95 Teal, 81 Curlew, 61 Shelduck, 45 Knot, 17 Turnstone, 12 Great Crested and a Little Grebe, four Avocet, eight Sanderling, two Greenshank, the pair of Goldeneye and single Wigeon and Red-breasted Merganser.

Elsewhere a Sparrowhawk hunted the Bight, two Bullfinch, a Goldcrest and a Reed Bunting were on site and Linnet numbers tripled to three.

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