Thursday, 16 February 2017

16th February 2017

Weather: SW 2 vis 30mls, W 5 later.
Only 1 Purple Sandpiper could be found on the north end, together with 88 Turnstone and 60 Dunlin. In the rocky/shingle area south of middle were 43 Ringed Plover. On the sea were 100 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebes and the Scaup had increased to 6 , 4 females and 2 males.
A Grey Heron flew east and a Little Egret was in the gutter.
A nice sight was 20 Linnets on the south end of middle, 2 Skylark and a Pied Wagtail flew over the main island, a Rock Pipit and 3 Meadow Pipits were present.
It had already been a good week for birds of prey so a Kestrel hovering over the main island made a good addition. Even better was a Common Buzzard perched for a few minutes on one of the metal posts at the north end of middle, with a Crow on the post next to it and another on the ground periodically giving the buzzard grief. The buzzard finally gave up and flew up the estuary.

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