Sunday 29 October 2023

Sunday 29th October

A storm driven Cory's Shearwater heading slowly S at 07:26 was the highlight of a 2h 10 m seawatch first thing with a single Balearic Shearwater, 167 Gannet, 107 Kittiwake, 83 Razorbill, 18 Common Scoter, two Great Northern Diver, a ♀ Eider, and a Red-breasted Merganser also offshore.

On site 29 Long-tailed Tit were present with two Coal Tit, six Chiffchaff, six Goldcrest and a Firecrest also present with 26 Goldfinch, 14 Jackdaw and five Siskin overhead.

No sign of the presumed hybrid Green-winged Teal in the estuary, but three Spoonbill, 2 juveniles and the adult, fed in Shutterton Creek on the dropping tide, with a Water Pipit and a moulting Scandinavian Rock Pipit in the Saltmarsh and the Spotted Redshank on the evening tide.

Counts from the estuary included 1494 Wigeon, 568 Dunlin, 206 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, just 182 Curlew, the rest presumably roosting on flooded fields around the estuary, 62 Turnstone, 39 Teal, 33 Ringed and a Grey Plover, 13 Greenshank, eight Sanderling, six adult Mediterranean Gull, six Great Crested Grebe, three Bar-tailed Godwit and single Whimbrel and Common Scoter.

Other Wildlife: A Grey Squirrel, the second individual of the year, was on the Golf Course.

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