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Sightings 2008

Key: Blue = Uncommon.  Amber = Scarce.  Red = Rare.  Green = Mega for site 

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Feb 08

1st - A 1st winter Caspian Gull was on the scrape early morning but flushed and not relocated. GG. The scrape held 26 Blk T Godwits and 5 Ruff (2 of the Ruff and 1 of the Blk Wits were colour ringed, see Field Sightings for details). GG/SC/PC/KA. The Snow Bunting from earlier in the week was still present along the seawall, also 5 Stonechats were seen. GG/KA.

2nd - The Snow Bunting was still present, the scrape was mainly frozen but had 17 Blk T Godwits, 102 Curlews and 3 Golden Plovers but little else.Up at the farm were 40+ Redwings, 2 Fieldfares and 6 Linnets. AD/KA/GG

3rd - In very windy conditions the noteworthy birds were 4 Ruff, 5 Blk T Godwits, 3 Snipe, 200+ Lapwings, 26 Curlews and 8 Gadwall (19 later) all on the scrape. The surrounding fields held 46 Golden Plovers. MC/JB. Along the seawall the Snow Bunting was still present and a Red T Diver flew S. PRD

6th - Observations today were 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 28 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plovers, 87 Curlews and 7 Turnstones. SC/GG/PRD

9th - 4 Corn Buntings and 18 Skylarks up at the farm today also the Snow Bunting along the seawall. PBr.

10th - The Snow Bunting was still showing along the seawall as were a pair of Stonechats, noteworthy birds on the scrape were, 3 Ruff, 6 Blk T Godwits, 5 Snipe and 2 Ringed Plovers.MC/JB. Later Ruff & Snipe numbers were up to 8 of each and Blk Wits down to 3. AD. 

11th - Along the seawall the Snow Bunting and 5 Stonechats were seen, no waders were seen on a partially frozen scrape. GG

15th - An adult Yellow legged Gull this morning on the scrape then around the sewage farm. GG.The scrape held 2 Ruff, 12 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Turnstones. 4 Sanderlings along the beach. KA/SC/PC/GG. Up at the farm paddocks were 21 Fieldfares and 6 Redwings. GG  

16th - Quiet this morning with only 6 Blk T Godwits on the scrape, along the beach were 8 Sanderlings, 4 Ringed Plovers and 3 Turnstones. PRD.  

17th - Great weather but not many birds!!, on the scrape only 6 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plovers and 12 Snipe, at the farm were 33 Linnets and 36 Redwings. AD  

20th - A walk along the seawall revealed that the Snow Bunting was still present around the golf course area also 4 Stonechats and a Rock Pipit. The scrape held 2 Ruff and 5 Blk T Godwits only. A look around the farm produced 112 Redwings, 3 Fieldfares, 77 Linnets and a single Corn Bunting. GG

21st - 6 Whitefronted Geese on the scrape this morning (later joined the Greylag flock) also 1 Ruff, 10 Blk T Godwits and 3 Gadwall. A 45 minute seawatch produced just one bird, a Red breasted Merganser flying N. GG

23rd - Birds of note today were 6 Whitefronted Geese 11 Blk T Godwits and a Rock Pipit. SC.  

24th - The Snow Bunting was still along the seawall, also 5 Stonechats, 2 more at the farm and a flock of 75+ Linnets. PBr. The scrape held 2 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 6  Whitefronted Geese, 5 Ruff ,13 Blk T Godwits, 3 Ringed Plovers and 30+ Curlews.KA/AD. The farm area also produced 70+ Redwings,and again a single Corn Bunting   

25th - The 6 Whitefronted Geese still present also, 1 Ruff, 9 Blk T Godwit. GG.   

26th - The 6 Whitefronted Geese are still in with the Greylag flock,on the scrape 8 Ruff , 1 Redshank, 9 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin.KA

29th - 6 Whitefonted Geese still present also 4 Ruff, 2 Ringed Plovers and a single Oystercatcher on the scrape. A further 11 Oystercatchers were heading south out to sea (all as single birds). A Little Egret was on the approach road pools. GG

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