Sunday 19 November 2023

Kitts and Ducks

Stonechat - Orcombe Point. A couple of these by the dung heap in the weedy field with 2 or 3 Rock Pipits there now too. Otherwise c60/70+ Starlings and small numbers of Linnets, Skylarks, Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits.

A look at the sea, from the raised beach huts, from 0715 - 0815 revealed numbers of Gannets and auks south, but otherwise c180 Kittiwakes, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and a drake Eider.
Off Mudbank - c120 Pintail and the Kestrel again hunting over there.
Yesterday morning - an hour's look at the sea, from 0730, produced 1 Curlew, 8 Common Scoters, just 10 Kittiwakes, 1 first-winter Mediterranean Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Red-throated Diver and a female-type Goldeneye that flew in towards the river mouth. A flock of c70 Gannets had amassed in the bay by the time I left at 0830.
Off Mudbank yesterday - c115+ Pintail, 34+ Teal, 1 Shoveler, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and, best of all,  a pair of Tufted Ducks. Also 2 Kingfishers.

Drake Tufted Duck off Mudbank yesterday. A female was off there too. Very infrequent off Mudbank.

Dunlin - Duckpond.

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