Tuesday, 15 February 2022

15th February 2022

 Weather: WSW force 4

A post tide visit saw lots of gulls in the west hoyle/salisbury bank area. There were 6,000 Herring Gulls, 450 Black-headed Gulls and 61 Great Black Backed Gulls, and with them 3,500 Oystercatchers. The Brent were estimated at 390 and there were 42 Shelduck and 11 Common Scoter seen, also a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Grey Herons. Waders had dispersed after the tide but still in view were 194 Curlew, 68 Redshank, 124 Turnstone, 35 Sanderling, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit. The Kestrel, a single Little Egret and 8 Carrion Crows were about the island.

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