Wednesday 18 October 2023

Wednesday 18th October

Storm Babet saw very little passing offshore despite the high winds with six Mediterranean Gull and a Red-throated Diver the highlights. A big arrival of wildfowl in the estuary saw counts of 1205 Wigeon173 Teal142 Dark and 42 Pale-bellied Brent Geese with the Green-winged Teal or hybrid still present along with three Pintail, two Shoveler and the first Red-breasted Merganser of the winter.

Also in the estuary counts included 239 Redshank187 Dunlin17 Greenshank15 Grey and three Ringed Plover, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, five Sandwich Tern, four Great Crested Grebe, three Sanderling and single Knot and Whimbrel.

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