Friday, December 29, 2006

A strong stormy S gale today, heavily overcast with odd spots of rain later.

JWR and myself did my Winter Plover Survey today. We also counted all waders along shoreline from Seaton Point to Low Steads with some excellent results.

We had 159 Oystercatchers, 54 Ringed Plover, 223 Golden Plover, a massive 76 Grey Plover, 79 Lapwing, 70+ Dunlin, 90 Sanderling, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 37 Knot, 27 Bar tailed Godwit, 100+ Curlew, 50+ Redshank and 83+ Turnstone. A few ducks were around too with 11 Teal, 59 Wigeon, 45 Mallard, 30+ Eider, 16 Goldeneye and 1 male Red breasted Merganser. 1 Sparrowhawk was hunting, 1 Fieldfare flew south. It appeared to be newly arrived but couldnt say for sure. It stayed low and landed on a fence once before moving on. 1 Grey Wagtail was on the beach and a single imm Gannet flew north.

No photos today as the light was rubbish, one of those days where it is always dusk.

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