Sunday 4 September 2022



What is presumably the same juvenile Spoonbill that has been at the north end of the river, appeared, as if by magic, off Mudbank at 1453. It's always annoying when you don't notice large white bird fly in!

A couple looks off Mudbank, either side of high tide, produced 1 Spoonbill, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Teal, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, c125 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 7 Gadwall, 26 Knot (flocks of 8, 17 plus 1), 3 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 15+ Sandwich Terns, 1 Little Tern, 1 juvenile Common Tern, 1 Grey Plover, 49 Shelduck, 1 Yellow Wagtail over, 7+ Ringed Plover, 1+ Osprey (on Cockle Sands at 0958 and upriver with a fish at1506). An adult Gannet was with a small group of Herring Gulls, in pursuit of the Osprey this afternoon. A peculiar sight indeed!
Earlier - a sea-watch from the raised beach huts was ultimately pretty fruitless but it was good to see Dave back in action. The only birds to make the notebook were 3 Arctic Skuas, 9+ Common Scoters, 2 Kittiwakes and 10 Sandwich Terns.

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