Sunday 15 January 2023

Sunday 15th January

Seawatching early morning was quiet but was rewarded by two Whooper Swan (ad & imm) east over the seawall just after 8am, with three Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver, four Eider (three imm male & female) and 31 Great Crested Grebe on the sea.

WeBS counts from the estuary included 1035 Oystercatcher, 208 Snipe, 182 Grey and just one Ringed Plover, 143 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 114 Teal, just 91 Dunlin (but c1650 outside the Recording Area), 91 Bar-tailed Godwit, 76 Knot, 59 Shelduck, 33 Redshank, 22 Turnstone, 11 Sanderling, eight Curlew, eight Red-breasted Merganser, six Wigeon, four Avocet, three Greenshank, the two Spoonbill, a drake Goldeneye and the Sandwich Tern

Elsewhere a new site record 21 Cirl Bunting were on the Golf Course, Linnet numbers tripled again to nine, and around the Main Pond, a Cetti's Warbler, a female Shoveler and single Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff.

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