Saturday 27 January 2024

Saturday 27th January

The juvenile Spoonbill again roosted on Finger Point at high tide, unperturbed by the hunting Sparrowhawk that kept the wader flocks mobile, many eventually settling on the railway embankment at Cockwood. Counts from the estuary included 279 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 216 Teal, 157 Grey and 33 Ringed Plover, 131 Bar-tailed Godwit, 117 Knot, 104 Curlew, 101 Redshank, 18 Wigeon, nine Eider, two Mediterranean Gull, two Red-breasted Merganser and the Avocet.

Elsewhere 42 Great Crested Grebe, five Great Northern and four Red-throated Diver were offshore, a flock of 13 Pintail circled the bay before entering estuary, six Shoveler were on the Main Pond, with two Goldcrest in the bushes and Green Woodpecker, Kestrel and at least four singing male Cirl Bunting on site. 

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