Weather: SE force 2, some drizzle
|Pale and dark bellied Brent (AEH)|
|Colour ringed bird|
A quiet morning, the only small migrants were 2 Redwings (one on middle), a Goldcrest, a Starling, a Song Thrush and a Goldfinch. The Brent were counted today at a new high of 146 birds including the red/blue colour ringed bird and 3 dark-bellied individuals, while there are 3 Purple Sandpipers.
|Little Egret (AEH)|
Other waders at the early morning high tide were: Oystercatcher 5,300, Dunlin 4,000, Curlew 450, Knot 310, Sanderling 250, Bar-tailed Godwit 47, and Redshank 35. Sea watching produced 10 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Guillemots and a Razorbill. Feeding around the islands today were many egrets/herons with 5 Little Egrets and 7 Grey Herons.
Shelduck are still in good numbers, mostly to the south and east of the islands, today there were 290.
The season remains very mild and many plants are still flowering including Thrift, Yarrow, Red Campion, White Clover, Red Valerian and Wood Sorrel.
(DB,AEH,AS,CJW et al)