Sunday, 9 November 2014

9th November 2014

Weather: SE 4
A high tide stay for the WeBs survey produced more than was bargained for with massive counts of 176 Red-throated Divers and 210 Great Crested Grebes, also about 200 Common Scoter, 2 Gannets, 15 Guillemots and a Razorbill. The diver count was especially exceptional and hints at the number that are normally in Liverpool bay unseen. The Pale-bellied Brent reached a new peak of 95 at the island, with a single dark-bellied, and estimates of 500 Sanderling and 10,000 Oystercatcher are also a new high for the autumn, as were 1483 Cormorants moving out at dawn. The main passerine passage consisted of 7 Skylarks and nearly 400 Starlings, while other notables were a Redwing, a Brambling, a Grey Wagtail, a Song Thrush and 5 Goldfinches at the garden feeders.

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