Monday 12 February 2024

Monday 12th February

Sadly no sign of the Scaup flock today, or elsewhere on the estuary, with nine Eider, six Red-breasted Merganser and the Goldeneye pair present. An exceptionally high tide limited roosting opportunities for waders with low numbers returning as Finger Point became exposed. Counts included 1249 Dunlin, 132 Grey and 11 Ringed Plover, 87 Curlew, 84 Redshank, 64 Knot, 43 Turnstone, 29 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Also in the estuary the intermediate adult Brent with 330 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 45 Teal and a Wigeon, with the adult Little Gull flying over the spit from offshore and the Scandinavian littoralis Rock Pipit around the Bight is starting to moult. 

Elsewhere eight Red-throated Diver and five Great Crested Grebe were offshore, a Firecrest was by the station, 67 Siskin were in the Alders before heading back to the mainland, three Chiffchaff and three Shoveler around the Main Pond and c50 Linnet on Warren Point was a notable increase.

Other Wildlife: The sunshine again tempted a Red Admiral onto the wing. 

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