Wednesday 8 November 2023

Wednesday 8th November

The overnight wind and rain caught up a few seabirds still making their way back to the Atlantic following Storm Ciaran. Two, possibly three Leach's Petrel were the highlight of a 2.5hr seawatch first thing, along with a Sooty Shearwater, c15 Storm Petrel, 68 Gannet, seven Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver. Also offshore 24 Common Scoter and two Eider (ad & imm ♂).

A Short-eared Owl glided low around The Bight, at high tide spooking waders until they got used to it. Although it often settled, the crows didn't get used to it and repeatedly chased it off. Also around the estuary the 2cy Spoonbill, 576 Dunlin, 34 Ringed and 33 Grey Plover, 269 Dark and 26 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, three Pintail with the Wigeon and a Kingfisher.

Elsewhere 74 Linnet were in the Bight with just four Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff in the bushes but they were often in a record-equalling flock of 40 Long-tailed Tit, the previous peak was also a November record in 1985. A mating pair of Mallard at the Main Pond, were no doubt hoping for New Year ducklings.

Little Grebe - Alan Keatley

Other Wildlife: No insects on the wing in the conditions but a Grey Seal was offshore. 

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