Friday, 23 January 2009

22nd January 2009

The 3 dark-bellied Brents were still present along with a count of 136. Counts have been pretty steady (with a slight increase) since the turn of the year, but we have definitely had a 'turn-over' of birds.

A male Peregrine hunted the waders around the islands which included 3,500 Oystercatcher, 2,000 Dunlin, 316 Curlew, 60 Sanderling and 18 Purple Sandpipers. The Curlew count was typically around Little Eye which also saw 280 Shelduck.

However, the highlight of the day was an all-time record Cormorant count of 1,678 birds that were seen moving out of the estuary around high tide.


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