Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Mid December 2011

December 20th: A Great Northern Diver flew south. A Woodcock and a Shorelark were the best of the rest.

December 19th: 2 Woodcocks and 15 Corn Buntings were notable.

December 18th: Wildfowl included a Whooper Swan, 451 Pink-footed Geese and 56 White-fronted Geese. 2 Little Auks were offshore. A Woodcock, a Shorelark and a Snow Bunting were around.

December 17th: A Long-eared Owl and a Water Pipit were new, while a Corn Bunting and a Snow Bunting were noted. 2 Bean Geese went south. Other geese included 450 Pink-footed and 54 White-fronted.

December 16th: A Hen Harrier and a Short-eared Owl in off the sea were the only notable birds.

December 15th: Golden Plovers numbered 2200, Lapwings 350, Whooper Swans 5 and Pink-footed Geese 800. The Spoonbill remained. A Great Northen Diver flew north.

December 14th: Geese included 500 Pink-footed and 30 White-fronted. Golden Plovers peaked at 3500 and Lapwings at 450. A Lapland Bunting headed south. The Spoonbill was still present.

December 13th: The only notables were 4 Waxwings.

December 12th: A good variety of birds. A Hen Harrier, 2 Ruffs, a Woodcock, a Great Skua, a Shag, a Snow Bunting and the Spoonbill were around. The Richard's Pipit was refound. Southward movers included a Little Gull and a Lapland Bunting. Geese were represented by 662 Pink-footed, 37 Bean, 39 White-fronted and a Barnacle.

December 11th: The Richard's Pipit was in the Sanctuary. 4 Little Gulls and a Pomarine Skua flew south, while 3 Little Auks were offshore. Other good birds were 500 Pink-footed Geese, 24 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Hen Harrier, 1950 Golden Plovers, 20 Corn Buntings, the Spoonbill and 5 Barnacle Geese.

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