Monday 7 June 2021

7th June 2021

 Weather: SE force 1, then NNW 3 in the afternoon, WSW 4 in the evening

 Two Greylags flew west this morning and then an unexpected movement of Canada Geese out of the estuary, mostly to the north but some to the west, there were several groups totalling 318 birds, the largest flock being 200 strong. 

This almost mirrors the departure of Pink-footed Geese in early spring. Both Whimbrel and Grey Plover showed their presence by calling early morning but other than about 250 Oystercatchers, few other waders were seen or heard. A Peregrine sat on the sand to the east of the island and the Kestrel hunted on the island, unfortunately on this occasion a fledgling Linnet was its prey.

The usual breeding birds were obvious about the island and the Whitethroat joined them in the paddocks, while the Eiders also stayed in  the area. Sea birds noted included 3 Gannets, 28 Sandwich and 11 Common Tern also 4 Common Scoter. Four Little Egrets were present.

photos AS

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