Sunday 15 January 2017


One of two or three Meadow Pipits wintering on Warren View playing fields. Also on there this afternoon - 2 Mistle Thrushes and a Chiffchaff.
More of the same this weekend. The first-winter male Scaup reappeared off Mudbank yesterday and was still present over the high tide this morning. What was almost certainly a Long-tailed Duck followed 2 Red-breasted Mergansers towards the river mouth early on this morning. A check of the lower estuary subsequently revealed c20+ Red-breasted Mergansers and a probable Slavonian Grebe. This afternoon there were good numbers of Herring Gulls off the seafront, along with c25+ Common Scoters and a couple Red-throated Divers. Yesterday the 2 Firecrests showed well behind the cricket club and that's about it. Glaucous Gull must be on the cards any minute now.
Moorhen - Bystock Pond

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