Thursday, 19 October 2017

19th October 2017

Weather: SE 1 vis 3mls, rain after the tide.
 At first light 380 Cormorants left the estuary.
A single Wigeon and a male Common Scoter were in the gutter, the 10 Eider are still present.
Over tide 90 Curlew were on Middle and c 6,000 Oystercatcher were around the islands, the roost being disturbed a few times by a Peregrine which was around from early morning, a Kestrel was also noted. After the tide 100 Shelduck were along the marsh tide edge and 2 Little Egret on the West side of Middle, Brent Geese numbered 98.
Passerine movement was much lighter than yesterday but a total of 56 Greenfinch was a good record (one group consisted of 40 birds).
A Blackbird and Reed Bunting were in the obs garden, 8 Chaffinch, a Starling and 7 Skylark passed over.
A distorted mushroom was found and is thought to be one of the Wax Gill family, possibly Scarlet Hood (Hygrocybe coccinea). 
 photos AS

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