Monday 22 March 2021

22nd March 2021

Weather: W force 1

The most intriguing and unusual event this morning concerned a Partridge species seen to fly off Middle island. Unfortunately it could not be pinned down to which species, but both are rare sightings here. Brent are still here in huge numbers, 335 plus 3 dark-bellied birds were counted.

Four Goosanders flew up the gutter and into the estuary, while 13 of their close cousins the Red-breasted Merganser were also logged today.

The regular drake Eider still sits off the north end.

A Raven was upsetting the local Carrion Crows.

An acceleration in spring passerine movements was obvious with the appearance of 3 Grey and 5 Pied Wagtails, 2 Greenfinch, a Goldfinch, a Siskin, a couple of dozen Meadow Pipits and 6 Goldcrests grounded on the island. Looking towards the sea found about 250 Common Scoter, a Razorbill and 14 Great Crested Grebes rested on the calm water.

 At least 5 Rock Pipits were about, fueling speculation of possible breeding.

Waders noted included 50 Sanderling, 8 Purple Sandpipers and 65 Grey Plover, while the Kestrel and 2 Little Egrets were amongst others present.

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