Friday, 29 November 2019

29th November 2019

Weather: Flat calm most of the day with good visibility.

The calm conditions made it easy to see the birds on the water around the North End and 68 Great Crested Grebe were counted along with 450 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, and a Shag again off the west side. There were 200 Brent Geese about and a male Teal first noted in the gutter stayed around the island all day.

Over 7,000 Oystercatcher roosted the tide but were frequently disturbed by kayaks, a good count was made of 64 Bar-tailed Godwit, a couple of Grey Plover were seen and 34 Ringed Plover roosted on the west side.
Unusually, some of the 680 Knot recorded were also roosting there.
Twenty eight Sanderling flew west passed the North End and Purple Sandpiper numbered 7.
At least 9 Wren were present as was a single Rock Pipit, fly overs included Siskin and Goldfinch. There were 2 each of Grey Heron and Little Egret, a female Kestrel was about and a visiting birder reported 14 Eider.
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