Monday, 18 November 2013

Shore thing


A winter-plumaged Guillemot was fishing in the harbour.
2 Mediterranean Gulls.
2 Red-breasted Mergansers were at Ocean Edge.


2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Guillemots.


Big flock of Linnets on Ocean Edge saltmarsh - at least 65.  They were very mobile and were soon hidden in the saltmarsh so it was difficult to see what and how many other species were with them.  Goldfinches could be heard and 4 Twite were definitely seen but there may have been up to 12. A mystery bunting, possibly Reed Bunting or may have been something more exciting, but couldn't be relocated.  It may be easier to find at high tide tomorrow.  A Snipe was on the saltmarsh.

2 Twite were at the feeding station on the North Harbour Wall, along with 8 Goldfinch and a Linnet.

A Rock Pipit was heard at Near Naze.

A Little Egret roosted on Red Nab with 230 Oystercatchers, 5 Knot, 25 Redshank, 1 Turnstone and 13 Wigeon.

A Kestrel was sitting on the scaffolding around the big wheel on the South Harbour Wall.

Didn't count the Oystercatchers at the Heliport but there were several thousand along with hundreds of Knot.  Quite a spectacle.