Friday 28 October 2016

28th October 2016

Weather: W force 4, visibility 10 miles
Very quiet in the morning, a Kestrel flew east and 35 Bar-tailed Godwit went north, but then things picked up at high tide when the first 4 Purple Sandpipers of the winter were found roosting the tide on the west side. A sea watch only produced 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 25 Common Scoter. Mist and drizzle later brought down 16 Meadow Pipits, 20 Goldfinches and 5 Linnets, and after the mist lifted a flock of 32 Skylarks flew east. Shelduck(448) and Brent (129) were in the area over the tide. Towards dusk a Peregrine was disturbed by the sea watching hide and 4 Goldcrest came down by the SK paddock. Others on the log today were 3 Little Egret, 3,500 Oystercatcher, 47 Curlew, 16 Turnstone, 5 Dunlin, 27 Redshank, 2 Carrion Crows, 11 Wren, 8 Robins, 2 Dunnocks, 1 Pied and 2 Rock Pipits.

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