Monday 9 December 2019

9th December 2019

Weather: NNW  7-8  vis 10 mls

This morning 2,600 Cormorants battled their way out of the estuary at dawn, compare the sea conditions to the photo taken Saturday 7th !
There were a few more Common Scoter about with 450 counted, but little else on the sea other than 8 Red-throated Diver. The Brent’s seemed to have sought shelter elsewhere as only 50 were about until well after the ebb when another 100 arrived.
A few large flocks of Knot totalled 3,500 and a good count of 335 Sanderling were on the north shore, small numbers of Redshank and Turnstone sheltered in Niffy bay….
 …and just 3 Purple Sandpiper roosted, unusually they were on top of the North End by the pools.
Over 3000 Herring Gull were logged, 75 Common Gull were in the gutter but only 1 Black-headed Gull. A Peregrine upset the waders a few times and a fresh Oystercatcher kill was found, the Kestrel was also about the islands.
 photos AS

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