Wednesday, 26 October 2011

26th October 2011

With quite a drop in temperature the insistent wind felt cold today, the flood tide provided 5 Red-throated Divers, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Common Scoter, 30 Shelduck and only a single Gannet. A yellow legged Gull flew past the north end and ended up roosting on Bird Island towards Red Rocks.
The Pale-bellied Brent numbers increased to 45, wader numbers where more difficult to count (especially with a ridiculous individual spending the 9.7 metre tide wandering around Middle with his dog) but were as follows:
Oystercatchers 6000, Ringed Plover 20, Grey Plover 5, Knot 225, Dunlin 60, Curlew 90, Turnstone 100, Redshank 30.
Other movement/passerines continued with 88 Starlings, Meadow Pipit 20, Pied Wagtail 5, Wren 6, Robin 4, Blackbird 6, Song Thrush 3, Goldcrest 2, Greenfinch 3, Goldfinch 12, Linnet 26 and a single Redpoll. The Coal tit was again present and a Merlin visited after the tide.
Ringing: Goldcrest 2, Wren 1, Robin 1. and several nice retraps.

1 comment:

Jane Turner said...

I thought I spied the knees and slight dubious shorts of ME from Red Rocks!

Massive movement of Finches, and a few Thrushes - but as ever the only birds crossing the Estuary were the Starlings.