Sunday 31 December 2023

Glossy Ibis for the New Year?.......albeit slightly beyond the recording area

A day of two halves, pleasant and sunny for most of the morning, rain for most of the afternoon. A SE wind.

Pale-bellied Brent goose 22 off Knowlys Road, 11 adults, 11 juvs, but none with colour rings - ref Pete Crooks. 
Later in the tide there were at least 12-13 on Red Nab, but none were seen flying from the north side.

Also along the south sea wall 
Immature Shag on platform in harbour - by Clay Garland

It turned up just after midday, and disappeared again after a few minutes

Pink-footed goose 45 low to the south, 59 high to the north. These are the southbound birds.

Red-breasted Merganser 2 - there was a female type near the wooden jetty and a male feeding in the harbour. This is the female/immature
This is the feeding male
Wigeon c300
Curlew 120+ in smallish groups heading for the mud on the south side.
One of the larger groups of Curlew

Redshank c150 - this in one of two groups looking for a roost.
Rock Pipit 1

Near Naze (MD)
Just a quick look in passing late afternoon, a heavy downpour had just eased.
Bar-Tailed Godwit 1  - it and the Oystercatchers were becoming agitated, you can hear the Godwit call out in this clip.
The agitation wasn't at the noise of my windscreen wipers, but at the immanent arrival of a small flock of Knot.
Not one colour coded!

Just out of the recording area - Middleton Parish Hall - thanks to Howard and Beth for putting this out.
Glossy Ibis 1 - in the horse paddock just behind the hall. When Howard checked the light wasn't great, but he still managed these excellent shots:
It moved to field closer to Middleton Rd while the owner fed his horse

It then moved back to the paddock

It was in the same location when I checked late afternoon (MD). By that time it was lashing down! This clip includes one of three Little Egret also feeding in the paddock.

This is a location shot, the arrow points to the Ibis