Saturday 11 December 2021


The juvenile Spoonbill has been off Mudbank all day - often showing really well.

Good numbers of waders off Mudbank today with lots of Turnstones, hundreds of Dunlin, 60+ Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Snipe, 55+ Grey Plovers, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Knot and the usual Curlews and Oystercatchers. Also off there - 1 Spoonbill, 1 Kingfisher, 60+ Teal, 200+ Pintail, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 142 Shelducks and a few Wigeon, Mallard and Brent Geese
The 3 Red-legged Partridges and a Chiffchaff were all I could find in the dung field, on Orcombe, and in Maer Valley - 85+ Curlew, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Chiffchaff and c20+ Redwings.
I couldn't find any wintering Firecrests in Liverton Copse but a short visit did produce at least 70 Redwings and a Peregrine over, with one or two Treecreepers, Nuthatches, Bullfinches and Goldcrests loosely associating with a sizeable tit flock.
A male Black Redstart was in the Shelly Beach area and 5 Purple Sandpipers, 5 Turnstones and 7 Brent Geese were logged during a quick look at Maer Rocks.

The Black Redstart was again in the Shelly Beach area this afternoon.


  1. Thanks Neil - chuffed you caught up with it. It's not often you see one up this close. All the very best. Matt.