I went down the morning after in drizzly weather hoping to relocate the bird but to no avail. I then attempted a gull roost the following evening, which was a non event, as the gulls refused to settle for some reason, so my year list did not begin in earnest until the 5th.
By the end of the day, I had seen most of the regular stuff and reached 71 species, highlights being the following:
- 3 Shelduck that arrived in December remain.
- A colour ringed adult Mediterranean Gull - different to an unringed adult that has been seen several times over the past few weeks. I read the ring as white S62 and sent off the details. The same lady administers several schemes and replied saying that I had missed a leading digit (I did wonder at the time if this was the case) and ring should read 3S62. This is a bird ringed as an adult in Belgium in May 2005, so is at least 12 years old. It summers/breeds in Antwerp and was last seen at Spurn in Sept 2015.
- A flock of 35 Golden Plover flew east over Emmett's fields, which also held a flock of c200 Chaffinch, 10 Reed Buntings and a single Lesser Redpoll. 15 Linnets and 4 Meadow Pipits were separate to this main flock. A Chiffchaff was also in a hedge and then around Emmett's farm.
- A nice flock of c100 Siskin along the railway at Randall's meadow and a further 30 feeding in alders on the NE side of the lake. A female Bullfinch was here as well.
- Two Coal Tits coming to the cottage feeders, where another or the same female Bullfinch flew through.
- Two Little Egrets favouring the works bay but also coming to the island/spit.
- A little Grebe on the NE side with another 3 on the ski pit.
|Record shot in poor light - the white colour ring is visible on the left leg|
|1 of 2 today|