Firecrest - St John's Road. At least seven Firecrests present in the Bystock area today. I strongly suspect there are more. At least five were within the Bystock reserve itself and two more were not far outside it, at the top of St John's Road. Also at Bystock - 9+ Goldcrest, 5/10+ Lesser Redpoll, c10+ Redwing and 5+ Nuthatch amongst a load of the usual woodland stuff. Looking great up there at the moment!
Maer Rocks - 0820 - 0845 in flat-calm conditions - 55+ Brent Goose, 7 Turnstone, 6+ Purple Sandpiper, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 female Eider (Pole Sands), 1 Knot, 3 Great Crested Grebe and ten Curlew.
A scan from the tip of Orcombe Point produced a further 6+ Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 20+ auk sp, 1 Razorbill and 5+ Kittiwake. In the bushes - 9 Long-tailed Tit with 1 Goldcrest.
Selected Mudbank counts included 53 Mallard, 1 Teal, 25+ Pintail, 74 Wigeon, 121 Shelduck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 54 Turnstone, 1 male Goldeneye and 108 Curlew.
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