Thursday, 27 December 2018

27th December 2018

Weather: SE force 0/1  cloudy and mild
A visit over the early afternoon tide was quiet bird wise as expected, but as always worth while for the experience. Highlight was probably a single Goosander flypast between the islands and up the west side.
The Eider was there as usual, the Brent scattered and only 137 could be counted,

....... while 200 Common Scoter were out to sea with 3 Red-throated Divers and 6 Great Crested Grebes, but no other duck were present today.
Waders seen included 3,500 Oystercatchers,45 Bar-tailed Godwit, 74 Curlew and 34 Ringed Plover.

..... and of course 5 Purple Sandpipers.
Small birds sneaking about the paddocks  and grassy areas included 3 Song Thrushes, 5 Robins, 5 Wrens, 4 Meadow Pipits and a Pied Wagtail, while 3 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons stayed were on the shore.
photos AEH

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