Long-tailed Duck reappears

9th December 2016 – overcast/rain SW3
Offshore
The female/immature Long-tailed Duck was again off the eastern shore.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 adult White-fronted Geese and 50 Barnacle Geese remain in residence. Waders included 10 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit amongst 76 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin hunted the Goldfinch and Linnet flocks.

Little Egret origins revealed

7th December 2016 – overcast rain at times S3
Offshore
A late afternoon check of the sea as the light faded produced 12 Kittiwake, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 adult White-fronted Geese continue to linger.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret remain prominent along the eastern shore.
Ringing
The Little Egrets included a colour-ringed bird from North Wales.

Jack Snipe

4th December 2016 – sunny spells E3/4
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0830-0930) produced 58 Razorbill, 12 Kittiwake, 8 Common Scoter and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 315 Pink-footed Geese headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 adult White-fronted Geese remain and 4 Jack Snipe were amongst 12 Snipe.

Brent Geese continue to break records

3rd December 2016 – overcast ENE2
Offshore
A group of 14 Shag congregated on the sea early morning.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 175 Pink-footed Geese and a single Whooper Swan flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held a record 310 pale-bellied birds and 65 dark-bellied birds. The 2 adult White-fronted Geese remain and waders included 2 Purple Sandpiper amongst 100 Turnstone.
Miscellaneous
A Barn Owl hunted at dawn and a ringtail Hen Harrier hunted at dusk. Flocks of 8 Raven and 85 Twite were the best of the rest.
Ringing
At least 3 colour ringed birds were amongst the Brent Goose flock involving birds ringed in Canada and Iceland.

Great Northern Diver

2nd December 2016 – overcast/calm
Offshore
A check of a flat calm sea on the falling tide (1430-1500) produced 12 Red-throated Diver, 11 Common Scoter, 4 Shag and a Great Northern Diver amongst 4800 Eider.
Wildfowl and Waders
Geese sightings remain to the fore with 222 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Barnacle Geese and 2 White-fronted Geese logged. Also seen were 70 Pintail, 18 Shoveler and 4 Goosanders while waders included 3000 Knot and 8 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Geese continue in residence

1st December 2016 – overcast WNW2/3
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 55 Barnacle Geese and the 2 lingering adult White-fronted Geese. Additional sightings included 6 Shoveler and 10 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail squealed and 36 Twite were logged. At least 47 Little Egret remain.

White-fronted Geese continue in residence

30th November 2016 – sunny spells W3/4
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 adult White-fronted Geese continue in residence.
Ringing
The final days of autumn passage produced 110 birds of 14 species. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets). Blackbird 27 (1), Chaffinch 25, Goldfinch 22, Tree Sparrow 12, Greenfinch 7 (2), Dunnock 2, Song Thrush 2, Goldcrest 2, House Sparrow 1 (2), Reed Bunting 1, Robin 1, Brambling 1, Lesser Redpoll 1 and Blue Tit (1).

White-fronted Geese and Scaup

27th November 2016 – sunny spells NE2
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-0830) revealed 110 Common Scoter, 50 Razorbill, 10 Shag, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Scaup and 2 Kittiwake.
Diurnal Migration
A few Chaffinch remain on the move.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 adult White-fronted Geese continue to linger.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

White-fronted Geese still here

25th November 2016 – bright and frosty NE1
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 adult White-fronted Geese continue in residence.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.