Monday 26 November 2018

26th November 2018

Weather: ESE  0-1  vis 8 mls improving later.
A poor day for birds on the island with just a Blackbird and 2 Song Thrush down and 3 Redwing over, 5 Linnet were also about with 23 Meadow Pipit.
The Brent Geese were in 3 groups totalling 190 and included both the confusing colour ringed birds, PZBY and 7PBY.
As the tide came up there were 11,000 Knot on the sand west of Little/Middle Eye, with 340 Dunlin, 163 Redshank and 61 Grey Plover along the Gutter and North Shore. Six Purple Sandpiper were at the North End along with 60 Turnstone.
Common Scoter had just been counted at 1,600 on the sea around the North End when a huge flock estimated to be at least 8,000 lifted from the sea around the wind farm, these landed again and drifted in with the tide. Amongst them were 56 Great Crested Grebe, 35 Red-throated Diver and 420 Cormorant.
Five Heron roosted over tide on Little Eye, and 3,66 Oystercatcher with 176 Curlew on Middle.
A  young Grey Seal was disturbed from the rocks at the north end of Middle as an observer arrived just after dawn.

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