Sightings18/12/2022

Harbour Update – posted 18/12/22

What a difference a day makes! Where yesterday coverings of ice still lay, today flowed streams of water as they ran off of every surface, melting the frozen ground as they went and in doing so freeing up a food resource which has been inaccessible to birds for almost a whole week. On Baiter Park an unorthodox flock of Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit and Teal, with singles of DunlinGrey Plover, Greenshank and possibly a Jack Snipe in the mix all took advantage of newly exposed wet ground. Nearby 22 Tufted Duck were sheltering in Holes Bay, the Peregrine also spotted nearby. Further inland at Hatch Pond 3 Teal were joined by a lone Greenshank – an unusual species for this site. And off Hamworthy Beach was a single Great Northern Diver.

Grey Plover – Baiter Park – Mark Wright

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