- and thanks to one of our most prolific recorders. Yesterday, the following was his (almost) verbatim report.
The fields inland from the seawall are worth a look at the moment. At least 7 Bramblings there with Greenfinches and Chaffinches this morning. Also in the same field: Ruff, 15 Dunlin, Grey Plover, 35 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwings, 24 Curlew and 5 Yellowhammers. On the saltmarsh / estuary: 4 Little Egret, 1700 Lapwing, 430 Golden Plover, a female Scaup with 70 Mallards and 2 drake Pintail on the lagoon, 70 Wigeon and 200+ Teal in the creeks, 20+ Shelduck, 120+ Skylarks, a Buzzard, a Merlin, a Peregrine and 5+ Kestrels. On the rest of recording area: 21 Whooper Swans, 45 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 14 Corn Buntings (car park), 2 Grey Partridge, a Goldcrest, 3 Tree Sparrow, 25 Reed Buntings and 400+ Pink-feet on the NNR.
A report from a hardy watcher yesterday afternoon found a visit well worth while. He saw a Hen Harrier, 2 juvenile Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrines, 3 Merlins, 3 Kestrels, a Raven, 4800 Teal, a female scaup (been around a bit), 440 Linnets, about 200 Meadow Pipits, 45 Greenfinches, 30 Pied Wagtails, 5 Grey Partridges, 7 Herons, 5 Little Egrets, 90 Redshank, 1900 Golden Plover & 2100 Pink-footed Geese.
Yesterday, a Lapland Bunting was amongst the Skylarks. There were plenty of Reed Buntings and a couple of Corn Buntings and a few Tree Sparrows as well.