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Saturday 15th December 2012

Adult Little Gull loitered offshore for c.20 mins this morning. 27 Kitts went south although very little else on the move compared with yesterday. A selection of records included 54 Teal, 5 Pintail, 5 Wigeon, 4 Dunlin, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Shelduck, 2 Great-crests south plus 6 Red-throats, 5 Brent & a Common Scoter north. A single Mipit went south & the pair of Peregrines were on the old dock crane.

Friday 14th December 2012

South-easterly gale which proved to be quite entertaining. A Leach's Petrel went south at c.0830hrs with another north at c.1000hrs. Also on the move going south 788 Wigeon, 464 Teal, 31 Dunlin, 17 Shoveler, 14 Pochard,  11 Avocet, 9 Shelduck, 6 Pintail, 5 Mallard, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Kitts, 2 Tufteds, 2 Goldeneye & a Common Scoter plus 5 Common Scoter, 2 Kitts & 2 Red-throated Divers north. Presumably the cold high pressure that we have had this week has drifted across to the low countries enforcing some cold weather movements. 5 Redwing on site were also new in. At 1115hrs torrential driving rain has stopped any more observations (although passage was easing up as the morning progressed).


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Thursday 13th December 2012

Ground still frozen. A few bits moving south offshore including 24 Common Scoter, 4 Kitts, 3 Gadwal, 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Mergs, 2 Great-crested Grebes & a drake Goldeneye. A couple of red-throats went back & forth offshore & 2 Brents went north. Hardly rivetting but the scoters were just off the beach which was good to see. 3 Sanderling on the beach, 2 Little Owls sunning themselves & Peregrine on the old dock crane. A Mistle Thrush put in an appearance mid-morning & a new Chaffy was caught in the helli.

Wednesday 12th December 2012

Flat calm, sunny, hoar frost - very picturesque. Sanderling on the beach, 5 Shelduck, 2 Brent, Mallard & Skylark went south.

Tuesday 11th December 2012

A Hooded Crow came in off the sea & headed in off over the town at 0845hrs during half hour sea watching which revealed the princely total of 1 Common Scoter & a dose of Cormorants. Glorious sunny, but frosty, morning with the only other records of note so far being 3 Siskins north & a Redpoll heard, but not seen. The 2 Little Owls are out sunning themselves & half a dozen Med Gulls are feeding off the point on the turn of the tide.

Monday 10th December 2012

14 Waxwing south & a Lapwing on the reserve. Only offshore movements were the usual Red-throats & Cormorants plus 2 Brent south. Although it feels cold it obviously ain't cold enough to get things moving.

Sunday 9th December 2012

A new British race Songie & a Chaff ringed once again indicating that autumn migration still isn't over for some species. Sea watching for half hour produced a dozen Red-throats coming & going, seagulls & a Common Scoter which is hardly riveting stuff. Resorting to some maintenance in the compound resulted in a Woodcock being flushed.