Sunday 22 October 2023

Sunday 22nd October

A 50min seawatch first thing saw single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver head S with 67 Gannet and 49 Kittiwake. There was more movement SW overhead with counts of 2660 Woodpigeon170 Jackdaw, 68 Skylark33 Rook25 Meadow Pipit, 20 Linnet11 Siskin10 Stock Dove, six Chaffinch, three Magpie, two Song Thrush and a Bullfinch. A juvenile Merlin also flew through pausing to make a half-hearted attempt to chase the finch flock around Greenland Lake before moving on.

Carrion Crow - Martin Overy

On site 40 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 11 Cirl and three Reed Bunting in Greenland Lake, a Short-eared Owl and the Dartford Warbler, the latter was sub-singing, confirming, as suspected, it is an immature ♂.

The five Spoonbill again roosted around the Bight, with the Green-winged Teal or hybrid still present. Counts from the estuary included 823 Oystercatcher, 807 Wigeon, the majority flushed from Cockle Sands, 338 Redshank318 Dunlin288 Teal, 81 Turnstone, 50 Dark and 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (with 625 and 26 additional birds off site on Cockle Sands), 37 Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Ringed and five Grey Plover, 15 Greenshank, two Red-breasted Merganser and single Curlew SandpiperCommon ScoterShoveler and Whimbrel.

Common Scoter - Martin Overy

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