Friday, 9 December 2011

9th December 2011

The first real feel of winter today with lightning, hail and sleet along with a north westerly gale force 8 at times. Early morning highlights so far include drake and duck Long-tailed Ducks in the gutter on the flooding tide and a female Velvet Scoter flew west off the North End. However, the good records continued throughout the day with seawatching prominent - 6 Red-throated Divers, 40 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Gannet, 50 Kittiwakes, 200 Common Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers and 3 Wigeon noted and later a single Little Gull appeared below the Obs.

Waders were also notable with 14 Purple Sandpipers, 230 Turnstone, 75 Redshank, 75 Bar-tailed Godwits and 14 Grey Plover counted around the islands being harassed by a single Peregrine. Other noteworthy records included s single Little Egret and a dawn flight of 1,975 Cormorants out of the estuary.


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