Monday 28 October 2019

28th October 2019

Weather: Flat calm at dawn with good visibility, North 2 by lunch time.
The first Purple Sandpiper of autumn turned up after high tide.
There were 20 Ringed Plover and 18 Grey Plover, 100 Sanderling and 15 Bar-tailed Godwit but only 1 Knot noted. Two Little Egret were present and 4 Grey Heron also about the islands.
Brent Geese numbered 240  and Shelduck 140, 6 Pintail were noted.
On the sea a good count was had of 30 Red-throated Diver, also 80 Common Scoter and 30 Great Crested Grebe.
On the islands there had been an influx of Wrens with at least 15 present,  along with 3 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush and a Blackbird. A Kestrel caused alarm amongst the Meadow Pipits and Linnets, 8  Skylark flew over the island  along with 2  each of Chaffinch and Goldfinch. A Dunnock and 7 Robin were also noted.
Two Foxes were present in Telegraph House east garden, not good news for next year’s breeding birds. 
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