Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Brents Are Back - 21st September

A late morning visit to Seasalter as the tide was coming up to the beach.  From the pumping station, 12 g.c.grebes on the sea plus a lone female wigeon and 9 teal at the water's edge. Feeding/resting on the shingle banks and tidal pools were 46 egrets, my largest count this year.  Inland on the dyke, 3 gadwall, 2 teal, 2 coots, 1 moorhen and 4 mallard.  One surprise was a kingfisher which flew out onto the end of the sluice, two sightings in the last two visits!
Moving up to South Swale, a flight of 8 brent geese, the first this autumn, then another group of 15 sitting on the water and further out on Horse Sands another group of about 20.

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