Sightings for December 2012

December 31st

Stormy seas off Hengistbury - Richard Cordery
Guillemot (top) and Common Scoter
relatively close, by local standards, to the Beach Huts - Alan Hayden
...and Kingfisher on a favoured fishing perch in Wick Hams - Jennie Franklin

There was just about enough west in the wind for the Beach Huts to offer sanctuary this morning, even throughout the heaviest of the early deluges. However, despite the relative comfort, there was little to see in terms of genuine seabirds; for example just 2(!) Gannet in a watch that lasted more than the same number of hours. Mudeford Quay was also attended for a similar period of time and the maximum figures from both sites came to: a Black-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 9 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar and 2 Red-breasted Merganser, nearly all west, as well as a token number of Kittiwake, Guillemot and Razorbill, plus a lone first-winter Mediterranean Gull. The only other news involves the Nuthatch in the Wood on Hengistbury. For those that follow such things, the year closes with a total of 224 species seen or heard in the area, which although a couple shy of 2011 is still a good contemporary score.

December 30th

This very confiding. but equally feisty, Robin on Hengistbury even took
to giving its own reflection in the camera lens 'a good seeing-to' - Alan Hayden
...and what is currently a typical high tide scene at Stanpit - Richard Cordery

Overnight the wind calmed and moved to the west, so not surprisingly the sea was far quieter than the yesterday; for example, less than ten each of Kittiwake and Gannet logged in two hours. Nevertheless, a Black-throated Diver and 12 Red-throated Diver passed west, 4 Tufted Duck and a drake Red-breasted Merganser headed east, and singles of Great Crest Grebe went in each direction. Also from the sandspit, 15 Common Scoter on the water and 2 Purple Sandpiper. On Stanpit, the Spotted Redshank and Avocet were still present, along with 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, around 160 Dunlin and an excellent count of 180 Redshank. In addition, a Grey Wagtail and Water Rail were in the North Scrubs, while a group of 16 Shelduck, the largest total for some time, left to the north and presumably the slurry surrounding Tin Yard Lane, Burton. The Wood on Hengistbury again came up with the Nuthatch and 2 Raven, a Kingfisher frequented the area where Brewer's Creek feeds into Barn Bight and an estimate from Fisherman's Bank of the pre-roost Black-headed Gull at Stanpit was ventured at 3000 birds. The latter perhaps an inspiration before the holiday season is over to make a late-in-the day visit to the marsh itself for a closer look...

December 29th

The strong southerly wind contained a good number of easterly gusts that meant those at the Beach Huts this morning were literally sandblasted at times, which may explain how they managed to miss 2 Red-necked Grebe that were seen from Mudeford Quay, although the birds may have settled on the water between the two watch points. Meanwhile, the numbers off the huts from dawn until 10:30 included: 25 Red-throated Diver, nearly all west but a few did settle; also west, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern, an adult and a trailing first-winter, 2 Pintail and a Shelduck; 3 Fulmar and a couple of hundred Kittiwake, plus a constant stream of Gannet, which headed out of The Solent. Interestingly, unlike the previous presence of Kittiwake that was entirely made up of adults there was a proportion, perhaps around 10%, of first-winter birds. Also a single Gannet of the same age that must have looked vulnerable, as it was constantly attended by 20-30 local Herring Gull. A couple of later watches from Mudeford Quay saw a Velvet Scoter move west with 3 Common Scoter, a settled Great Northern Diver and 5 Red-throated Diver, while around 20 or so Common Scoter were again feeding or sleeping on the waves. Finally, a Ruff was seen from Fisherman's Bank in the afternoon, as well as 9 Purple Sandpiper and 15 Turnstone from the quay.

Omission: a first-winter Mediterranean Gull was in the pre-roost gathering in The Run.

December 28th

Turnstone on the inner shore of the sandspit - Clinton Whale

There was more dismal weather today - a strong south-westerly and driven rain. An hour on Mudeford Quay mid-morning produced 4 Red-throated Diver, three west and one east, as well as around 18 Purple Sandpiper on the sandspit, where an estimated 300 small waders sat out the high tide. This afternoon, however, once the tide had ebbed a little, there were just 18 Turnstone left.

December 27th

Despite producing all three divers, the sea was pretty quiet for the morning watches that spanned from 7:45 until 11:00. A Black-throated Diver was seen from Mudeford Quay, while a Great Northern Diver passed the Beach Huts and up to 3 Red-throated Diver were logged from there. Otherwise, the best was a Sandwich Tern from the quay and a Red-breasted Merganser from the huts, as well as 2 Great Crested Grebe and a trail of horizon-hugging Kittiwake, plus fairly unremarkable numbers of Gannet and auks. A Firecrest was again in the Wood and 132 Teal were counted on the Salt Hurns.

December 26th

Although the morning was fairly dry and mild, a fierce southerly wind and heavy showers somewhat marred the afternoon. On Hengistbury, a Firecrest was amongst a dozen Goldcrest by the Double Bends, where the Nuthatch was again present and 2 Raven were vocal in the adjacent Nursery. Meanwhile, just one Chiffchaff could be located on Wick. A couple of reports from Fisherman's Bank combined to give: an Avocet, a nice record of 6 Golden Plover, the Spotted Redshank, 8 Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Black-tailed Godwit and 120 Dunlin; with the only other news for the day coming from 3 Common Scoter and an adult Mediterranean Gull on the sea.

December 25th

Some of the high water levels around Christchurch this morning - Amanda Taylor

The only reports for the day are of a Great Northern Diver east and a Red-throated Diver west past Mudeford Quay during a very wet morning. Apologies if this post is a little terse, but I'm way too old to spend a frustrating hour attempting to register an iPad with the Apple Store!!

December 24th

The sea was monitored from first light until around 10:15, during which time the wind backed from south to south-east. Divers were once again a feature, with a Black-throated Diver on the water off the Beach Huts, while a Great Northern Diver headed east past Mudeford Quay and a further bird was settled off there. In terms of Red-throated Diver, at least 20 birds were noted, 11 west and 9 east, but in the main most seemed to making short flights before pitching in again, so the true total may be something of a lottery. Early on, Gannet and Kittiwake were relatively sparse, but with the shift in the wind they picked up in numbers, although the 73 and 51 respectively that were logged fairly close-in is likely to be an under-count as many more were glimpsed as dots on the horizon. A Fulmar, never common in winter, was blasted into The Solent and a constant stream of auks, most thought to be Guillemot, headed out of it, as did a Great Crested Grebe. Finally, inland disturbance was probably the reason for flocks of Wigeon and Teal attempting to find refuge on the choppy waters. Please note if you are planning a walk tomorrow: if this morning is anything to go by, then the following low tide times at Stanpit could mean little as the river flood water meant the marsh was almost completely submerged all day.

December 23rd

During a largely dry day, there are a number of reports from the sea, which was looked at from both Mudeford Quay and Hengistbury, so some care has been taken to avoid duplication, particularly amongst the divers. No such detail was necessary for an eastbound Velvet Scoter, however; ditto 15 Kittiwake. Moving to the divers, what was presumed to the same Black-throated Diver was reported on two occasions, while a single Great Northern Diver was on the water in Christchurch Bay for most of the morning, as were 3 Red-throated Diver. In terms of passing birds of the latter, the count is probably seventeen, mainly to the west. At least 40 Gannet were also offshore and notable due to their absence over the previous several days, with the only other marine news involving small numbers of passing auks. In addition to a dozen or so Purple Sandpiper seen from the quay, there were two birds at the opposite end of the sandspit; but other wader news comprises just 5 Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 47 Dunlin, all at Stanpit. A Firecrest was towards the end of the head, the Nuthatch was in the Wood and a drake Shoveler was in the harbour along with a pair of Gadwall.

December 22nd

As expected, the day was nothing short of a washout with the only news involving 15+ Purple Sandpiper on the end of the sandspit early on.

December 21st

It was thankfully dry all day, but we seem set to resume normal service with something of a vengeance tomorrow. Early on, a Brambling in the North Scrubs at Stanpit and a Merlin about the marsh set the day off to a good start, which continued with a Sandwich Tern resting off the tip of South Marsh at lunchtime. Also on that side of the harbour, the Spotted Redshank, the Avocet, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, a cameo appearance by a hundred or so Black-tailed Godwit before they returned to the Avon Valley, 10 Grey Plover, 48 Ringed Plover and around 210 Dunlin. Elsewhere, a couple of Firecrest were in the Wood, by the Double Bends, and the Black Redstart was on a groyne at the end of the head, but otherwise it was just a single Red-throated Diver and adult Mediterranean Gull that made the notebooks. Kingfisher were seen in Barn Bight and on Fisherman's Bank, including a particularly confiding individual immediately north of the slipway, while a Grey Wagtail was also about the latter site.

December 20th

It did rain pretty much all the way through and is probably going to try and do so again shortly. The only news for the day comes from Fisherman's Bank, which turned in the Spotted Redshank, 26 Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Ringed Plover and 168 Dunlin.

December 19th

It has rained all day and, according to the forecasts, may well continue to do so until 16:00 tomorrow! Consequently, there is little to report, other than a Red-throated Diver and 24 Purple Sandpiper from Mudeford Quay. However, please do check back to yesterday for an addition of interest.

December 18th

It was fairly slim-pickings today with just singles of Purple Sandpiper on the sandspit, as well as Avocet and Spotted Redshank off Fisherman's Bank. Also, 7 Red-throated Diver east past Hengistbury, a Razorbill on the water there and a Kingfisher in Stanpit Creek.

Additional news: this afternoon, from Stanpit, a Bittern was seen to drop into the reeds on the Wick side of the river.

December 17th

Black Redstart - Tony Adamcik

There was interest from most areas today, not least the sea that held a Slavonian Grebe just south of the Ironstone Quarry, plus singles of settled Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver in Christchurch Bay, with a further nine of the latter west past the Beach Huts, as well as 10 Razorbill and a Guillemot. The sandspit also came up with the goods, as the Black Redstart, 14 Purple Sandpiper and 6 Sanderling were amongst a few Dunlin and Ringed Plover on various groynes. Around 10:50, a Marsh Harrier was over Wick Hams reeds and a Grey Wagtail was on the adjacent Water Meadows, while just one of the estimated five wintering Chiffchaff on Wick could be located. Over on Stanpit, the Spotted Redshank was again present and correct, but a Knot, a Sanderling and a Black-tailed Godwit were probably all new, with 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 22 Grey Plover also on-site. Hengistbury held a fine variety of passerines; for example, 3 Firecrest - one at the end of the head and two by the Double Bends - a Fieldfare, 2 Brambling, 2 Redpoll and a Siskin, most of these pretty notable for the date. To finish off a fine day, other bits-and-pieces included: a good count of 24 Little Grebe inside the harbour, as well as a couple of Great Crested Grebe; a pair of Raven prospecting the Nursery; at least 150 Teal, but possibly more, on the flooded Salt Hurns, plus 127 Brent Goose counted at Stanpit; an immature Peregrine over the sandspit; and Kingfisher around Barn Bight and Wick Meadows.

December 16th

Redshank and Curlew
pushed to the very limits of Stanpit Marsh by the incredibly high tide - Clinton Whale

The perigean spring tide, combined with the excess of rain water flowing into the harbour from the feeding rivers, meant the water levels this morning reached far higher than the published 1.9m above chart datum. In fact, by 10:30 it was likely that even wellington boots may not have been sufficient to circuit Stanpit, so meaning the last WeBS count of the year had to be conducted in double-quick time. Early on, a flock of 8 Golden Plover left the area over Mudeford Quay, while 14 Purple Sandpiper were on the groynes close to the Beach House, a Jack Snipe lifted off with a few Snipe from Priory Marsh, a single Avocet was on East Marsh and the Spotted Redshank was present. Other than a Black-throated Diver settled on the water south of the Barn Field, it was a little quieter at sea today, with just 5 Red-throated Diver and 2 Red-breasted Merganser noted moving west. Moving back inside the harbour and to some of the remaining counts totals, which came to: 7 Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, but no other godwits - those all preferring the floods in the Avon Valley at North End, 25 Ringed Plover and 110 Dunlin; also 3 Pintail, 423 Wigeon, 266 Teal, 4 Shelduck and 112 Brent Goose. To wrap up, individuals of Kingfisher were recorded on at least eight occasions throughout the day.

December 15th

Nearly all the day's news involves the sea, which was watched from both Mudeford Quay and the Beach Huts. The former site produced an exceptional December record of an Arctic Skua, while the latter position came up with the majority of the numbers but was attended for longer. At least 21 Red-throated Diver were about the area, that being the number counted westward, but several headed in the opposite direction and a few could be picked out in the swell, so the true figure for the day could be something higher. In addition, a couple of Great Northern Diver were settled and up to 100 Common Scoter remain offshore. Of the constant trickle of westbound auks, twenty-three were identified, thirteen of them being Guillemot and the remainder Razorbill - not perhaps the expected ratio for the time of year. Also heading west over the water, 6 Kittiwake, a Red-breasted Merganser, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Away from the sea, the Nuthatch was in the Wood and Kingfisher were noted in Barn Bight, Wick Hams and Holloway's Dock.

December 14th

Bar-tailed Godwit (left) and Grey Plover on Stanpit - Alan Crockard

The morning saw some quite awful conditions - heavy rain in a strong south-easterly - that meant the car or some nooks and crannies on Mudeford Quay were the only options for shelter. As it was, the visibility was so poor that nothing of note was seen over a couple of hours commencing at a rather belated first-light. By lunch, there was a slight improvement and the wind had shifted to a straight south, which meant over 50 Gannet were reasonably close inshore, while a Red-throated Diver passed west and there was a constant shuttle of auks on the horizon. The only other snippet of interest from the quay involves 3 Purple Sandpiper on the end of the sandspit.

December 13th

A Grey Phalarope left the harbour over The Run this morning, but was lost to view off the sandspit and frustratingly not seen again. The sandspit also held 42 Ringed Plover, 4 Purple Sandpiper and 5 Turnstone, while further up the beach towards the Beach Huts there was a female Black Redstart. From Mudeford Quay there were just 2 Red-throated Diver, which together with 10 Grey Plover moved into The Solent, while 15 Common Scoter moved west. On Stanpit the Dunlin flock numbered 189; also 42 Ringed Plover, possibly the sandspit flock, 13 Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and the Spotted Redshank. The number of Teal opposite Fisherman's Bank has increased again, to 116 today, while 4 Pintail and 2 Shoveler were in Stanpit Bight.

Additional news: the Marsh Harrier was again around Stanpit.

December 12th

A couple of shots of today's Avocet - Alan Crockard

Possibly prompted by a light easterly wind, there was something of a diver-fest this morning with a Black-throated Diver and 29 Red-throated Diver west past Mudeford Quay; another eight of the latter moved east and 2 Great Northern Diver were on the sea. Off the Beach Huts a little later a single Red-throated Diver went west, with two more east and a further bird on the sea. Also moving east were 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Eider, with 15 Common Scoter west, while 2 Razorbill and 3 Common Scoter were settled. The 3 Avocet were still on Stanpit together with 165 Dunlin, 52 Ringed Plover, 8 Grey Plover and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, while 21 Snipe were on Wick Hams. There were 16 Purple Sandpiper around today - six on the Long Groyne and another ten on the Mudeford Sandspit - also 11 Turnstone and 63 Ringed Plover there. Good numbers of Teal were opposite Fisherman's Bank with 108 counted, while the Brent Goose flock on Stanpit numbered 136, but only a single Pintail was present. A Water Pipit was by the Rusty Boat, 2 Coal Tit were in the Long-tailed Tit flock in the Wood, a Chiffchaff was on Wick and 2 Kingfisher were seen. Finally, a couple of Raven were on the quay this morning going through the litter!

December 11th

Goldcrest in North Scrubs this morning - Alan Crockard

After a severe overnight frost field activity was much reduced today with just visits to Stanpit and Fisherman's Bank, from where the Spotted Redshank was in its usual spot. The 3 Avocet reappeared at the tip of South Marsh, where 4 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck and a Pintail were amongst the much more numerous Wigeon. The Dunlin and Ringed Plover counts were 128 and 49 respectively; also 12 Snipe, 8 Grey Plover and 5 Bar-tailed Godwit present.

December 10th

After a couple of near misses in the last week, it was inevitable that Waxwing would find their way into the harbour area eventually, so two birds first seen near Two Riversmeet this morning and later in Ashtree Meadows were not unexpected. A flock of 23 Egyptian Geese that flew north over Stanpit were presumably birds from the Avon Valley; this count must be close to a harbour record for this species. On Hengistbury, a Firecrest was in the Wood together with 12 Goldcrest and 2 Coal Tit, while there was a wintering Chiffchaff on Stanpit; and overhead were Raven, Grey Wagtail and 2 Siskin. From the Double Dykes a Red-throated Diver was on the sea with a further bird east, while also settled were 7 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Razorbill. The Spotted Redshank was opposite Fisherman's Bank, along with 6 Grey Plover, but only 68 Brent Geese were counted from there.

December 9th

Skylark - Clinton Whale
...and some of yesterday's reedbed work party - Chris Chapleo-

It was a mild day with some early drizzle, which gave up after an hour or so. The Black-necked Grebe was seen off Mudeford Quay first thing, as was an Avocet that appeared to be swimming on the calm sea! Later in the day, a Little Gull passed Hengistbury west with 15 Kittiwake, while a Black-throated Diver headed in the opposite direction and a minimum of 5 Red-throated Diver were a little random in their headings. Also, 8 Red-breasted Merganser west, two flocks of five and three respectively, 10 Razorbill, 35 unidentified auks and 25 Common Scoter, the latter on the water. A Brambling in the North Scrubs was a nice passerine record, but a Black Redstart was still at the southern end of the Beach Huts and there were 3 Chiffchaff about Wick. On Stanpit, a pale-bellied Brent Goose was still present, as were 11 Grey Plover and 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, with the remaining news for the day coming from 3 Purple Sandpiper on the sandspit. Finally, we have just received an interesting report of a Shorelark on Stanpit, by the Rusty Boat, on November 25th.

December 8th

Curlew - Alan Hayden

In addition to the Black-necked Grebe that is still lingering off Hengistbury, there was an impressive flock of 120 or so Common Scoter out on the water. Meanwhile, a Red-throated Diver was also settled off Mudeford Quay with three further birds and a Great Crested Grebe west past the head, as well as a Razorbill. A Water Pipit was at Stanpit, along with the Spotted Redshank, 12 Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Pintail and 3 Gadwall; with the best-of-the-rest coming from 2 Raven over Hengistbury and a Kingfisher in Barn Bight. We also learnt today that a Marsh Harrier was seen on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday over the Wick reeds.

Right on the cusp of the recording area, a flock of 5 Waxwing were briefly in trees behind the Ship in Distress, Stanpit, after earlier been on wires in nearby Pauntley Road.

December 7th

Despite the chilling northerly wind, there are reports from most areas today. At the end of the head, a female-type Black Redstart was on the cliffs, while a Firecrest was in the Wood, and a single Purple Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone and 23 Ringed Plover were on the sandspit. The sole return from Wick was of a Chiffchaff; but Stanpit produced a pale-bellied Brent Goose, along with 94 Brent Goose and 5 Pintail. Wader-wise, the Grey Plover increased a couple to thirty-one with 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 130 Dunlin also around the site.

December 6th

A drake Mandarin associating with Mallard in Brewer's Creek this morning was unexpected and the first harbour record for a couple of years at least. Meanwhile, a Black-necked Grebe was on the sea south of Hengistbury, as were 22 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and 2 Razorbill, with a Red-throated Diver passing west. At Stanpit, a male Merlin was seen late in the morning, while an Avocet, 27 Grey Plover, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Ringed Plover, 162 Dunlin, 7 Pintail and 11 Shelduck were in the harbour throughout the morning. The day's Kingfisher report involves a male bird hover-feeding around Barn Bight.

Of interest from just a few hundred metres outside of the recording area, a Waxwing was seen in flight yesterday morning over the junction of Harbour Road and The Broadway.

December 5th

A good deal of the day's news comes from the shelter offered by the southernmost beach hut from the particularly unpleasant northerly wind. The pick of the sightings from there was 7 Goldeneye, two of them adult drakes, on the sea with around 40 Common Scoter, but also a Black-necked Grebe on the water by the Long Groyne. In addition, 3 Eider went into The Solent and 3 Red-throated Diver passed by, two east and one west, while 8 Razorbill and 3 Guillemot were positively identified among a few dozen auk and at least 100 Wigeon in varying flock sizes were also offshore, as were 2 Mediterranean Gull. A Firecrest was in the bushes at the end of Hengistbury, with a Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 3 Brambling and 5 Siskin earlier coming off the head after making landfall. The best from inside the harbour were 4 Pochard and the Spotted Redshank, the latter among a paucity of waders visible from Fisherman's Bank at lunchtime.

December 4th

Little Egret - Peter Clarke

Having not been around for most of the day, I'm not sure what the weather has been doing so let's skip straight to the birds. A first-winter Little Gull was lingering off the Beach Huts this morning, as were 16 Common Scoter and Razorbill, while a couple of Purple Sandpiper were on the adjacent groynes. On Stanpit, the 2 pale-bellied Brent Goose were seen at lunchtime, with the Spotted Redshank, a Knot, 32 Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 166 Dunlin, an impressive 111 Teal, all those from Fisherman's Bank, and 8 Shelduck also being turned in throughout the course of the day. A Kingfisher was also seen there, plus another on Wick Hams.

December 3rd

A record shot of the two pale-bellied Brent Geese - Martin Palmer

There were two pale-bellied Brent Goose in the goose flock on East Marsh early afternoon today amongst c180 dark-bellied Brent Goose. Also, a female Marsh Harrier was quartering over the reed beds. Wader numbers were similar to yesterday save the absence of any Black-tailed Godwit. Counts made included 134 Dunlin, 35 Ringed Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 4 Snipe and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit. The Spotted Redshank was again seen from Fisherman's Bank. Amongst the wildfowl, 5 Pintail, including two adult drakes, were notable.

December 2nd

Drake Teal Clinton - Whale

The undoubted highlight of the day was a skein of eastward bound Barnacle Goose that passed over the bird-boat as it set off into The Run at just after 11:00 this morning. All this happened in a bit of a rush, so an estimate of 50-60 was all we could muster; however, the birds had earlier been seen passing West Bexington, where they were counted at fifty-two. Given yesterday's swan and pale-bellied geese, the wild provenance of today's record must surely be as good as it can get. Earlier, a redhead Goosander left Stanpit after appearing to have roosted there, as did 2 Egyptian Goose, while a female Tufted Duck was accompanying a drake Mallard around Mother Siller's Channel. On Wick there were 3 Chiffchaff and the mirror calm seas off Whitepits allowed 67 Great Crested Grebe and 7 Razorbill to be picked out. The best of the day's wader counts came late on from Stanpit and included: 29 Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 164 Black-tailed Godwit, 44 Ringed Plover and 98 Dunlin, as well as 168 Brent Goose. Elsewhere, 3 Water Rail were seen near the Rusty Boat, with a further by Stanpit Scrubs, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull were in the pre-roost gathering and a Grey Wagtail was briefly on the small pool by the Stanpit Visitor's Centre.

December 1st

Black Redstart by the ferry jetty on the sandspit - Chris Chapleo

A clear and almost windless morning was always full of promise, so it was nice that a Whooper Swan, which passed high east over the harbour mid-morning, decided to oblige. Meanwhile, in a similar vein in terms of possible origin, a pair of pale-bellied Brent Goose were initially resting on the Long Groyne before lingering off the northern end of the sandspit. At least 2 Black Redstart were on-site, one preferring the area around the ferry jetty on the sandspit and one at the end of Argyle Road; while at least 5 Brambling, a similar number of Siskin, a Redpoll and 4 Fieldfare passed over the HHC and Wick, where 2 Chiffchaff were present. The number of Grey Plover continues to increase - twenty-five being today's maximum - along with 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 38 Ringed Plover and 80 Dunlin, all seen from Fisherman's Bank. The conditions also saw 5 Snipe arrive, but two high-flying flocks of Lesser Black-backed Gull, numbering ten and eleven respectively, seemed to be checking-out southbound. Also moving around were a Pintail, 4 Tufted Duck and 10 Gadwall. To wrap up, at least 3 Mediterranean Gull and 13 Common Gull were logged inside the harbour, a Nuthatch was in the Wood, a Peregrine was over Stanpit, the Brent Goose were counted at 131 birds, 6 Canada Goose and a Greylag Goose were present, a Great Crested Grebe was on the sea and a minimum of 2 Kingfisher were about.

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