Sunday, 26 November 2017

Big Brambling Count

Woodbury Fort was heaving with finches this afternoon. I reckon c200+ Brambling (just 4 in the above photo) and c150/200+ Chaffinch but it wouldn't surprise me if there were more. As well as a big flock exploding off the forest floor, there was a seemingly endless movement of birds through the tree tops and the majority of calls I was hearing were of Brambling, not Chaffinch. Also 8+ Redpoll, Nuthatch, 2+ Redwing and a number of Coal Tit.
Off Maer Rocks this morning were the regular 13 Common Scoter, female-type Eider and 1 Red-throated Diver. Counts off Mudbank included 112+ Pintail, 5 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Greenshank, c130+ Redshank, 9 Grey Plover, 11 Sanderling, 8+ Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Goldeneye, 9+ Great Crested Grebe, the regular Long-tailed Duck, 9+ Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Reed Bunting and 2+ Meadow Pipit.
Off Shelly Beach - 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 19+ Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Kingfisher.

Kingfisher - Shelly Beach

Little Egret - Shelly Beach

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