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Thursday 28th:

 

A drake Gadwall was on the Main Pond with a Raven overhead the only other news reported.

 

 

Wednesday 27th:

 

Three Gadwall and a Shoveler were on the Main Pond with three Red-throated Diver and a Great-crested Grebe offshore. Counts from the estuary included 735 Oystercatcher, 550 Dunlin, 181 Curlew,151 Bar-tailed Godwit, 80 Grey Plover, 55+ Knot and 41 Redshank.

 

 

Tuesday 26th:

 

Counts from the estuary included 800+ Dunlin, 201 Curlew, 161 Brent Geese, 86 Grey Plover, 70 Knot, 41 Teal, 19 Shelduck, 15 Wigeon and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere two Slavonian Grebe were offshore and three Gadwall and a Grey Wagtail were on the Main Pond.

 

 

Monday 25th:

 

Records from the estuary included 153 Curlew, 90 Bar-tailed and two Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Knot, 31 Redshank, 22 Shelduck, 18 Teal, four Wigeon and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Short-eared Owl was reported, three Gadwall on the Main Pond and half a dozen Water Rail are still around the wetter areas.

 

 

Sunday 24th:

 

Records from the hide included 250 Brent Geese, 29 Bar-tailed and three Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Teal, 17 Shelduck, 17 Wigeon, a Slavonian Grebe and a Greenshank. Elsewhere a pair of Shoveler were on the Main Pond, a Green Woodpecker showed well near the Visitor Centre whilst offshore there were just a single Red-throated Diver and five Great-crested Grebe.

 

 

Saturday 23rd:

 

A single Red-throated Diver flew south offshore with just six Great-crested and two Slavonian Grebe on the sea. The resident Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 212 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Brent Geese, 50+ Common and a Mediterranean Gull, 35 Teal, 26 Wigeon, 21 Shelduck, four Black-tailed Godwit, a Lapwing and an Avocet with a Whimbrel reported. Elsewhere a female Shoveler was on the main Pond and a Sparrowhawk was around the feeders.

 

 

Friday 22nd:

 

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 300+ Brent Geese, 22 Turnstone, two Peregrine and an Avocet.

 

 

Thursday 21st:

 

Counts from the estuary on a dropping tide included 800 Oystercatcher, 200+ Dunlin, 50+ Curlew, 21 Teal, 17 Shelduck and seven Black-tailed Godwit.

 

 

Wednesday 20th:

 

No news was received.

 

 

Tuesday 19th:

 

Four Tufted Duck (mmff) were off Warren Point with a single Red-throated Diver also offshore. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 663 Oystercatcher and 195 Brent Geese.

 

 

Monday 18th:

 

Counts from the estuary included 204 Grey Plover, 77 Knot, 37 Shelduck, 23 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Ringed Plover and 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, the latter welcome spring migrants.

 

 

Sunday 17th:

 

Counts from the estuary included 231 Grey Plover, 168 Brent Geese, 111 Curlew, 94 Knot, 84 Redshank, 63 Teal, 46 Snipe, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Sanderling, 12 Ringed Plover, eight Goldeneye and the Slavonian Grebe. Offshore a Little Gull flew east with a Slavonian Grebe and a Red-throated Diver on the sea.

 

 

Saturday 16th:

 

A single Red-throated Diver and a Slavonian Grebe were offshore with two drake Shoveler on the Main Pond and a Kingfisher by the First Pond.

 

 

Friday 15th:

 

A single Red-throated Diver and 20 Great-crested Grebe were offshore with the Water Pipit again on the 7th fairway and 320 Brent Geese, 158 Grey Plover and the Slavonian Grebe in the estuary.

 

 

Thursday 14th:

 

Off the seawall there were two Slavonian Grebe and a single Red-throated Diver. Elsewhere a Water Pipit was on the 7th fairway, with 220 Grey Plover, 155 Brent Geese, 56 Knot, 33 Shelduck and the Slavonian Grebe in the estuary.

 

 

Wednesday 13th:

 

No news was received.

 

 

Tuesday 12th:

 

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary but no other news was received.

 

 

Monday 11th:

 

Four Red-throated Diver were offshore with 34 Great-crested and a Slavonian Grebe. A Red-necked Grebe was also reported. Elsewhere at least one Water Pipit was on the Golf Course and the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary.

 

 

Sunday 10th:

 

Seawatching after the rain produced eight Red-throated Diver south with four more on the sea with six Common Scoter. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with two Mediterranean Gull (ad & sw) whilst on the Golf course there were two Water Pipit and a White Wagtail with 13 Pied Wagtail and 10+ Rock Pipit.

 

 

Saturday 9th:

 

Two Slavonian and 44 Great-crested Grebe were offshore with a Great Northern and seven Red-throated Diver and four Common Scoter. Elsewhere nine Goldeneye were in the estuary, at least three Redwing were on site, a Grey Wagtail was at the seawall and the almost hand tame Knot is still feeding in puddles near the Visitor Centre.

 

 

Friday 8th:

 

No news was received but late news included four Gadwall on the Main Pond, with single Avocet, Greenshank and Slavonian Grebe in the estuary.

 

 

Thursday 7th:

 

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 12 Lapwing, two Goldeneye and the second winter Mediterranean Gull. Details have already come back for a Russian metal ringed Brent Goose recorded at the weekend. A male it was ringed as an adult on 30/07/2008 on Middle Beacon Island, Taymyr, Krasnoyarsk some 4679km away and this is the first sighting since ringing.

 

 
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Wednesday 6th:

 

The Black-throated Diver was offshore again with a single Red-throated Diver and four Common Scoter. Elsewhere 11 Goldeneye, a second winter Mediterranean Gull, an Avocet and a Greenshank were off Cockwood.

 

 

Tuesday 5th:

 

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 125 Redshank and 95 Teal. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver 27 Great-crested Grebe and seven Razorbill were offshore.

 

 

Monday 4th:

 

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 373 Brent Geese and 18 Turnstone. Elsewhere 21 Great-crested Grebe were offshore with three Little Grebe and two Coot on the Main Pond.

 

Knot 02/02/13 Andrew Cleave

 

 

Sunday 3rd:

 

Offshore the Black-throated Diver was very distant off the seawall with at least 18 Red-throated Diver, 35+ Great-crested Grebe and 15 Common Scoter, the first double figure count this year. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe, five Goldeneye, a female Pintail, a Greenshank and an Avocet.

 

 

Saturday 2nd:

 

Offshore a Black-throated Diver was off the seawall with at least eight Red-throated Diver, 30 Great-crested and a Slavonian Grebe. The resident Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 12 Goldeneye, a female Shoveler, 120 Redshank and a good count of 64 Snipe, flushed from the Saltmarsh by a Peregrine. Elsewhere the first Grey Wagtail of the year was around the Main Pond were a second Coot has also arrived.

 

 

Friday 1st:

 

Counts from the estuary included 387 Brent Geese, 203 Grey Plover, 105 Knot, 94 Curlew, 54 Bar-tailed Godwit, 48 Shelduck, c30 Wigeon, two Pintail and a Shoveler. Elsewhere two Water Pipit were near the hide and offshore there were 59 Great-crested Grebe, eight Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver.

 

 

 

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