Monday 20 November 2023

Monday 20th November

A Lapwing in the estuary was only the second record of the year, with a good count of 11 Rock Pipit, many showing littoralis characteristics, also showing new arrivals. Counts from the Bight at high tide included 2019 Dunlin, 222 Dark and 34 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 134 Curlew, 81 Bar-tailed Godwit, 77 Grey and 34 Ringed Plover, 28 Knot and 19 Sanderling. In Shutterton Creek, 1233 Wigeon, 162 Teal, 70 Shelduck and an adult Mediterranean Gull floated out high water.

Elsewhere a Firecrest was in Dead Dolphin Wood with nine Chiffchaff, six Goldcrest, three Siskin and two Lesser Redpoll in the scrub; and an hour seawatch first thing saw three Great Northern Diver offshore with 99 Gannet, 71 Kittiwake and 61 Razorbill south.

Other Wildlife: A pod of seven Common Dolphin headed south distantly offshore.

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