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Saturday 12th February 2022

Southbound 4 Brent & 2 Red-throated Diver with northbound 11 Red-throated Diver, Fulmar & Great Northern Diver. On site 2 Purps, Rock Pipit, a transient Fieldfare & a new Blacky.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird

Friday 11th February 2022

 Glorious sunny winters morning. A Mistle Thrush early doors that departed towards town will be a bird on the lookout for a vacant territory or a continental migrant returning to the continent as they are early season nesters. 3 Purps on the point this morning is the highest count since mid-November last year.

Thursday 10th February 2022

Offshore southbound 35 Common Scoter, 3 Pintail, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Wigeon & Oyk with northbound 5 Red-throats. The 2 Purps, 2 Turnstone & Rock Pipit present & accounted for. A new adult male Sparrowhawk was not expected as it had been assumed, incorrectly, that the one here occasionally recently was an old hand.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk.

Wednesday 9th February 2022

17 White-fronted Geese over the dock departed north mid morning. 3 Mipit south is a tad early for spring to start but what else are they up to in mild conditions ? Offshore southbound 7 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 4 Brent, 3 Oyk, 2 Great Crested Grebe & 2 Shelduck with northbound 4 Red-throats. At the point the usual 2 Purps & Rock Pipit with 2 Ringos on the beach.

Tuesday 8th February 2022

When the Stenna Hollandica came out of the Stour and performed its standard hand break turn to the right where the Stour meets the Orwell a Black-throated Diver got up, flew back & forth beyond the ferry several times before departing up the River Orwell although its "bending the LBO boundaries" to pretend it was actually here. This is probably the same individual that's been overwintering up the estuary for many weeks. Apart from that its the regular 6 Turnstone, 3 Ringos, 2 Purps & Rock Pipit. 19 Linnet is our highest count of the year, so far, and indicative of the milder conditions as is Mr & Mrs Peregrine flying around a fair bit early on.

Monday 7th February 2022

 No coverage as all the regular observers up the rivers doing a co-ordinated low water count.

Sunday 6th February 2022

Wet & windy morning followed by showers in pm. The first Knot & Red-breasted Merganser of the year flew south along with 4 Kitts, 4 Red-throated Diver & 2 Shelduck. Only a handful of Cormorant flew out to the fishing grounds with another 300 coming in from the north in the far distance later on having roosted we know not where.