A rumbling wind, thrashing sea and stinging rain made things a bit difficult this morning, but it was still possible to find 70-odd species. There are now about 25 Whitefronted Geese with the Canadas to the east of the Pools. A large flock of scoters briefly took off from the sea - about 200.
Away from the very-tiring seawall, a Grey Wagtail was at Toot Rock, a Water Pipit was still by the Newgate footpath, 11 Woodlarks above Wickham Cliff and a Nuthatch at Pannel Bridge.
A Peregrine was the only raptor I saw.
Some common birds seem to be present in unusually high numbers. I wasn’t counting exactly but estimated there were at least 40 Magpies and 10 Jays. Mistle Thrushes too are widespread - at least a dozen - and many Song Thrushes are hiding out in the shelter of kale and birdseed fields.
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