Weather: NE force 2, NNW 3/4 by late afternoon
After the excitement of a sea watching, a marked contrast today was the light wind and the noticeable increase in numbers of 'regular ' birds on the island, including 14 Wrens, 5 Blackbirds and 8 Robins. Goldcrest were calling in the gardens early (2 today) and then Meadow Pipits started moving through with 130 counted followed a little later by the Swallows (14) and Skylarks (5) and a Grey Wagtail. Two Ravens flew east to west, 2 Pintail went south up the estuary and the Merlin was about most of the morning giving visitors a chance to see it.
Fifty Five Brent were at the tide edge west of middle as the tide made and it was pleasing to see 10 Red-breasted Merganser as they have become more scarce in the estuary lately, 8 were over by the west hoyle and 2 more flew west passed the north end. Also on the sea were 120 Common Scoter, 3 Guillemot and 2 Great Crested Grebes. Cormorants passing the island at dawn and dusk numbered 800 birds. Among the waders seen were 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Grey Plover, 30 Redshank, 40 Dunlin and 40 Ringed Plover.
Linnets continue to flock around the island, 140 are estimated.
For a change Grey Heron outnumbered Little Egret 4 to 3.
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