Friday 15 December 2017

15th December 2017

Weather:  NW 3, with almost full cloud cover, but good visibility

It was a very quiet day but there was a large gathering of gulls (mostly Herring) on the East Hoyle sandbank after the tide, no signs of a wreck of either Starfish or Razors could be seen so the attraction remains a mystery.

Brent Geese were counted at 282 and over the tide they were very flighty with two separate groups looking as if they were flying out of the area but then returning.

Only 25 Common Scoter, 18 Shelduck, two Great Crested Grebe and the five Eider were observed on the sea.

Turnstone numbers had risen today to 152, but counts of other waders were lower than yesterday, with 2,200 Oystercatcher, 91 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 150 Dunlin and 48 Redshank. However, 5 Purple Sandpiper were found hunkering down out of the wind on the west side.

A Rock Pipit was at the North End and the usual Wrens, Robins, Song Thrushes and a Blackbird were about the island.

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