Tuesday, 10 October 2017

10th October 2017

Weather: W 2/3 vis 2 mls with rain early, improving later.

The young Common Seal which has been around for the last few weeks was again by the south steps onto Middle Eye with the tide well out, it was left undisturbed but was later seen travelling down the gutter bed, then attempting a spot of climbing to get onto the East Hoyle bank. It seems to be healthy, just a little confused about where it should be.
 Brent Geese numbered 95 and included our old friend the returning colour ringed bird, HDRB that was originally ringed in Canada and now back here for the tenth consecutive winter season. 
Thirty Shelduck flew South up the Estuary at dawn, the female Common Scoter was at the North end and the Eider have now increased to 10 with 9 going up the West side with the tide and 1 going up the gutter.
The Kestrel was again hunting around the islands, passerine numbers were low today but 18 Skylark flew East over the obs and a single Goldcrest was heard. Two Rock Pipits were at the North end and 26 Meadow Pipits were counted.
On the way off the islands as the tide rose 5 Grey Plover were noted with 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, a single Grey Heron and 63 Sanderling.
Flying towards Red Rocks were 1200 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover.
photos AS

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