Saturday 28 October 2023

Saturday 28th October

A couple of seawatches over 2h10m saw some strong SW passage with 13 Balearic Shearwater, 641 Kittiwake, 312 Gannet and just over 3000 auks, including 1,865 in 75 mins. early morning. The vast majority of those lose enough to identify with a estimate >99% Razorbill, <1% Guillemot. Also offshore 13 Common Scoter, two Eider, an immature ♂ & a ♀, two Great Northern Diver and two Sandwich Tern.

Overhead two flocks of Woodpigeon totalling 375, 54 Jackdaw, 12 Meadow Pipit, three Chaffinch and two Skylark. On site the Dartford Warbler, four Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest with 12 Cirl Bunting amongst the finches in Greenland Lake and the first two ♂ Shoveler on the Main Pond.

In the estuary a new adult Spoonbill, with two of the recent 1cy birds on Finger Point at high tide before later foraging in Shutterton Creek. Counts included 1637 Wigeon, 401 Dunlin, 241 Dark (including the first 10 juveniles) and 12 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 223 Curlew, 206 Redshank, 67 Teal and the Green-winged Teal or hybrid, 60 Turnstone, 39 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Ringed Plover, 11 Greenshank, five adult Mediterranean Gull, three Sanderling and single Common Scoter, Knot and Red-breasted Merganser.

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