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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sunday 21st December 2014

3 Snipe on the reserve flew off inland is a bit odd as they only normally turn up here at this time of the year in harsh weather conditions. Offshore south bound 7 Shelduck, 4 Brent, 4 Wigeon, 3 Gadwal, Red-throated Diver, Great-crested Grebe & Common Scoter, north bound 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Brent, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet with a Great-northern Diver high flying out over the obs and out to sea mid-morning. On the beach 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling & 3 Turnstone. The numbers of Turnstone have been declining over the years but we don't know why as still plenty of debris on the tideline for them to root around in - although counts of this species up the estuaries are also showing declines.