Welcome to the Eden News for November.
The reserve is busy with life just now and the skies full of passing geese. The weather has been very mild and there have been some stunning Autumnal days. Some good records and no sign yet of deep winter, a good time to visit.
Here are October’s highlights;
: Multiple Groups of Pinkfeet overflying during the day. Around 3000 pinks on 27th. A nice record of up to 1000 Barnacle geese roosting in the outer estuary early in the month with 704 counted on 16th. Not unusual species at this time but rarely in those numbers. 7 LB brent on 16th also.
A flock of 45 Linnet and 9 Twite on 20th, and 3 Stonechat on 21st.
WeBS (Estuary Count):
The estuary is busy 2 Slavonian grebe, 241 Shelduck, 131 Wigeon, 9 RB Merganser and 22 Common scoter were wildfowl noted, 63 Cormorants which was a good count. 1132 Oystercatcher, 247 Golden plover, 112 Grey plover, 211 Lapwing, 95 Sanderling, 60 Knot, 105 Bartailed godwit, only 30 Black tailed godwit, 890 Redshank and 3 Greenshank noted. 704 Barnacle, 3 White taled eagle, 4 Ruff, 1 Little egret and 2 Shag’s gave a pretty good mix.
: A nice winter mix of 5 Goldfinch chased by a Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Song thrush and 1 Redwing on an Autumnal morning. Lovely.
Sightings are great this month. 2 Little grebes back from 22nd. 3 Slavonian grebe on 15th/. 2 Little egrets around since 26th. 4 Whooper swan recorded on 15th. 250 Teal on 22nd. 5 Tufted duck on 12th. 2 Goldeneye on 9th. 5 Goosander on 19th. A nice spot of Merlin on 29th always good to see. 70 Black tailed godwit on 25th. 1000 Redshank recorded on 22nd. 500 lapwing on 12th.
A single Kingfisher occasionally throughout the month. Single Rock pipit on 15th with an unconfirmed reports of Tree pipit and Green sandpiper on 16th. 2 Ravens on 14th.
Sea eagle sightings have gone up noticeably with birds present on 12 out of 31 days. 3 birds present on 8th and 31st.
Up at the feeders its business as usual with up to 8 Tree sparrow, daily Greater Spotted woodpecker visits and plenty of tits and greenfinch.
Bird of the Month
A neat and distinctive social goose often appearing on passage around this time. Main populations winter on the west coast and Ireland and have travelled from Svalbard, Greenland and Northern Russia. Recent stunning BBC footage of the goslings ‘nest jumps’ from their high cliff breeding sites brought this species into our homes. With up to 1000 present in early October and 704 counted on 16th they were very noticeable especially when travelling between roost and feeding, done in short hopping flights across the fields.
The reserve Peak count was 1500 in October 1994, so not quite that number this year. A lovely and welcome record nonetheless.
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