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Saturday 11th January 2020

Breezy morning. Purp & Rock Pipit on the point. Offshore more gulls than recently behind shipping but otherwise southbound 18 Wigeon, 4 Shelduck, 3 Brent & Eider.

Friday 10th January 2020

Cooler morning. We seem to have lost the Cormorants at the moment. An hours staring out to sea produced a Gadwal north & a Gadwal south half an hour later plus a couple of Brents & Kitts - so basically very poor. On, or near, the point 2 Dunlin, 2 Purps, 2 Turnstone, 2 Snow Bunting & Rock Pipit.

Thursday 9th January 2020

At high tide 80 Ringed Plover & 3 Sanderling. 2 Snow Bunting near the point. Offshore deadly quiet apart from a Razorbill heading south, a Guillemot that pitched in plus a handful of Kitts.

Wednesday 8th January 2020

If only we could keep people & dogs under control roosting waders at high tide in the winter would become more frequent. At least 148 Ringed Plover, 20 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling & Turnstone early this morning. On the point 2 Purps, Rock Pipit plus 2 Snow Bunting close by. Offshore a waste of time and only 57 Cormorant noted going out fishing.

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Only 660 Cormorants went out fishing early on but at the same time 2,000 went out to the north over Trimley horse paddocks so may be the fish have moved to the north & they are following them and, as a consequence, we are seeing and counting fewer. 33 Ringos were roosting at high tide. On the point Purp & Rock Pipit with 2 Snow Bunting on the beach nearby.

Monday 6th January 2020

870 Cormorants went out fishing first thing - are the counts lower recently due to culling at the roost, disturbance at the roost or just less fish offshore. Certainly less gulls offshore recently so it could be that the fish shoals at the sandbanks have moved. Offshore southbound 7 Red-throated Diver, 3 Shelduck, 2 Brent, 2 Guillemot & 2 Wigeon with northbound 8 Red-throats, 2 Brent, Common Scoter & Oyk plus 17 Kitts & 4 Red-throats loitering. Purp on the point so not a lot to offer one on the reserve in these benign weather conditions although at least 4 different Med Gulls around and about presently.

Sunday 5th January 2020

Following a good dose of rain this winter the Butts pond is as full as it gets. In 2019, as a result of the drought in 2018, the damselfly & dragonfly populations were decimated with a lot fewer frogs & spawn also apparent. Hopefully this spring will see an improvement in the situation.

A mere 427 Cormorant went out fishing this morning. Southbound 11 Common Gull, 9 Red-throated Diver, 4 Brent, 3 Oyk, 1 Common Scoter & 1 Curlew with northbound 20 Red-throated Diver, 2 Brent, 2 Common Scoter & Oyk. On the point Purple Sandpiper & Rock Pipit. Single Fieldfare is todays migrant.