Friday 16 February 2024

Friday 16th February

A fine day with some spring wildfowl movement early morning with a pair of Egyptian Geese SW past the seawall, a pair of Gadwall circling the site before later visiting the Main Pond, five Tufted Duck (four ♂ & a ♀) on the sea off Warren Point and two ♀ Pintail in the Bight.

Counts from the estuary included 945 Dunlin, 598 Oystercatcher, 273 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 119 Common Gull, 113 Curlew, 108 Bar-tailed Godwit, 85 Redshank, 62 Grey and 21 Ringed Plover, 41 Knot, 34 Teal, 31 Sanderling, nine Eider, eight Greenshank and four Red-breasted Merganser. The roost was disturbed by two different Sparrowhawk, one of which successfully caught a Dunlin

Elsewhere 27 Great Crested Grebe, eight Red-throated Diver and two Common Scoter were offshore, six Shoveler were on the Main Pond, 67 Siskin were again in the Alders and single Jackdaw and Rook were overhead.

Year list additions:

110. Tufted Duck
111. Gadwall

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