Wednesday, 14 December 2016

14th December 2016

Weather: SSE force 4/5 vis 5 mls mist around estuary.

At dawn a constant stream of Cormorants leaving the estuary were estimated to total over 1,000 birds and a female Peregrine was disturbed and flew down the west side of the island.
Over tide 142 Curlew roosted on middle with a Grey Heron and 7,000 Oystercatcher were around the islands. On the west side were 13 Purple Sandpiper, 130 Turnstone and 2 Ringed Plover. A Red-throated Diver was observed flying off the north end. After tide 45 Redshank were feeding in the gutter with a single Grey Plover.
Singles of Rock and Meadow pipit, Crow, Dunnock and Blackbird were on the island with 3 Robin and 3 Wren. Fourteen Starling flew up the estuary.
Of note is the fact that no Brent geese were to be seen around the islands in the last 2 days.
Fresh fox footprints were in the sand at the south end.

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