Friday, 13 January 2012

Great Black-backs Increasing

6th January - the main interest was still the pre-roosting gulls on the spit, although a pair of Shelduck were recent arrivals.  There was a noticeable increase in the number of Great Black-backed Gulls, with 32 birds seen, 26 adults, a 2nd winter and 5 1st winters.  I also started to count the wildfowl, but only selectively when they were more obvious - 91 Wigeon and 7 Gadwall.  The large flocks of Golden Plover from a month ago have dwindled to occasional small flocks; today there was a typically flighty flock of 24 birds.

Also seen were 50 Fieldfares flying from the north to roost in the railway hedge - 2 flocks of 32 and 18 birds and 3 Mistle Thrushes flying over.

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