Tuesday, 20 March 2012

20th March 2012

Ten thousand Knot flew out of the estuary soon after dawn and other waders are now declining in the area, Oystercatchers were down to 2 thousand today and only 15 Redshank were counted, although turnstones are holding up well at 225 birds.The sea was quiet, just 2 groups of 7 and 25 Common Scoters were logged until bird of the day, a female Goosander flew in from the south west and went off north after showing to the observers on the island. The Merlin was present again but this time showed well several times and chased pipts and waders after perching in the south cove. Two Pied Wagtails were the only passerine migrants, although a ringed Goldcrest lingered from 2 days ago. A female Blackbird was nest building, likewise some Linnets and Meadow Pipits. The seal count at 187 was a high for the year, numbers have been down recently. A Small tortoiseshell butterfly came out in the sunshine.
Ringed:- 1 Wren, 1 Linnet.
(DB,KMc)              [136-14]     

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