Weather: SE force 2/3 cold, mist all day with poor visibility
Another female Stonechat was found in the 'heli' paddock this morning which promply disappeared for a few hours before being refound in the afternoon and showing well, (unless it was different female).
A Goldcrest in the morning became the second to arrive this year and was still there late afternoon. The sound of a Chaffinch calling lasted all day, but we think only one bird was present. Three Starlings flew along the west side, a Skylark flew south over the island and there seemed to be more Robins and Wrens than usual. Two drake Eider sat out on the island.
Three Red-breasted Mergansers
were in the gutter below the obs then they flew up the estuary.
A male Teal was in
with a small flock of scoter off north end and a pair were in close off the west
A Rock Pipit fed on the slipway
Late afternoon as the tide continued to ebb, many ducks and waders
arrived off the east side, nearly 5,000 Knot, over 2000 Dunlin, 235
Grey Plove and 120 Sanderling. The ducks arriving comprised 12 Wigeon and 8
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