Saturday 11 November 2023

Saturday 11th November

Most of the morning was spent looking overhead with two firsts for the year, single Yellowhammer and Fieldfare heading west pre dawn. These were followed by three different Great White Egret, high SW @08:35, low S @09:00 and circling over site before heading E @9.45, as well as the more expected species. 

Totals included 22260 Woodpigeon, 123 Stock Dove, 49 Starling, 38 Skylark, a flock of c35 Knot with an accompanying Golden Plover, 31 Chaffinch, 28 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Meadow Pipit, 12 Goldfinch, three Snipe, three Rook, just one Jackdaw and a late Swallow.

Counts from the estuary included 1094 Oystercatcher, 794 Wigeon, c650 Dunlin, 206 Dark and 37 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 81 Teal, 38 Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Grey and 35 Ringed Plover, 15 Greenshank, 12 Sanderling and two Knot.

Elsewhere 19 Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore in the mirror calm conditions, a pair of Black Swan flew in off before settling in the estuary, a Snipe was on Warren Point, four Chiffchaff, two Bullfinch and a Lesser Redpoll were in the bushes and the Cetti's Warbler was again recorded by the Main Pond.

Kestrel - Dave Jewell

Other Wildlife: A Grey Seal was in the estuary and two Red Admiral flew west through Warren Point. 

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