Thursday 9 March 2023


Singles of Golden Plover, Lapwing and Snipe on Orcombe Point this morning. The 2 immature drake Eiders were offshore and 2 Chiffchaffs, along with 3 Stonechats, were noted.

The Red-necked Grebe was again off the seafront, but pretty distant and very challenging in choppy conditions .

Evidence of some gull passage today with 5 Mediterranean Gulls off Mudbank and 36 Great Black-backed Gulls, with 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, on Bull Hill. Otherwise today - 43 Wigeon and 4 Red-breasted Mergansers off Mudbank, and the Cetti's Warbler again showed briefly there. The Eastern Lesser Whitethroat continues its residence around the corner.

This beautifully pale Golden Plover is no doubt itching to make its way north. Today's miserable, wet and windy weather isn't really conducive for such a journey.

 The two immature drake Eiders remain between Orcombe Point and Straight Point.

Second-winter, adult and first-winter Mediterranean Gulls (with Black-headed Gulls) - Mudbank.

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