Brent Goose – very good numbers; 700+ possibly more. One large flock of around 600 on Sturt Pond plus small groups across the patch.
Shelduck – 24 on the marsh west of the river. Possibly more hidden in the creeks.
Wigeon, Teal and Pintail in small numbers.
Eider – usual pair seen in Mount Lake
R B Merganser – 2 pairs seen fishing in the river estuary
Great Crested Grebe – 4 seen feeding in the river estuary
Little Egret – only 3 seen this visit.
Pat, at the Castle, reports Spoonbills being seen recently in the river. Not seen myself.
Grey Plover – 20+
Dunlin – approx. 280 seen in one main flock in river estuary
Black tailed Godwit – 21 counted (9 on Sturt; 12 on marsh)
Curlew, Redshank & Turnstone – seen in small numbers
Lesser BB Gull & Common Gull – 1 each on Sturt.
Iceland Gull – 1 reported being seen on Sturt. Not seen myself.
Skylark – 2 seen out at Hurst (unusual).