Thursday 14 September 2023

Pale-bellied Brents

 Three of 49 Pale-bellied Brent Geese off Mudbank this evening. At least 34 were present on Cockle Sands yesterday evening, but it was really difficult to rule out the presence of a few dark-bellied birds, as the light was awful.

Mudbank late pm, on the incoming tide - 49 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (including a high proportion of juvenile birds), 16+ Wigeon, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Common Gulls and 34 Shelducks. Good to see Spencer back out and about this evening.
Yesterday evening - 34 Brent Geese (probably all pale-bellied birds), 13 Black-tailed Godwits, the third-winter Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Wigeon, 35+ Shelducks, 2 Kingfishers and a juvenile Common Tern.

I'm pretty sure this is a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull, but I didn't get enough on it to be 100% happy. Getting good flight views is key, but a good view of its tertials might well have sealed it too.

Vapourer Moth (male) - found resting on a wall along Carter Avenue.

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