Sunday 4 February 2024

Sunday 4th February

Much quieter offshore first thing with 232 auk sp. SW in 1hr 30mins along with 97 Kittiwake, five Red-throated Diver, three Common Scoter and three Gannet, with 31 Great Crested Grebe and 11 Razorbill on the sea.

The neap high tide again saw many waders roosting on increasing sandbanks elsewhere in the estuary, with one Bar-tailed Godwit in The Bight, although 1152 Dunlin arrived after being flushed by a wide ranging Peregrine. Other counts included 297 Dark and the Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 232 Teal, 100 Common and an adult Mediterranean Gull, 92 Redshank, 15 Wigeon, nine Red-breasted Merganser, seven Greenshank, six Eider and on Bull Hill, three Sanderling

Elsewhere a ♂ Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the Cuckoo's Nest, the Dartford Warbler was on the Golf Course, 14 Meadow Pipit and nine Stonechat hinted at migration, five Shoveler were on the Main Pond, three Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest were in the bushes and two Rook and a Jackdaw were overhead.

Other Wildlife: A Grey Seal was in the estuary.

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