Wednesday, 4 February 2009

4th February 2009

An improvement in the weather as the day progressed saw a Whooper Swan fly west across the wildlife garden in the afternoon and a Short-eared Owl being mobbed at the north end by the crows. Brents were counted at 137 including the 3 dark-bellied birds and the Dublin tagged individual with red and blue rings. Three Mallard were back on the island pond for the first time this year, while 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Shags, a Common Scoter and a Red-breated Merganser were on the sea. Other counts from the log were 25 Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Purple Sandpipers, 1,500 Knot and two thousand each of both Dunlin and Oystercatcher.

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