At last something to report from Pett

6th November 2011, Sunday

Sunday 6th November 2011. At last something to write about, arrived around 7.15 am, with the tide on the ebb and the first thing of note was large numbers of geese flying high in skeins coming from Brede levels, probably Brents but not sure, where they headed S.W. out to sea. As the morning went on, the sea became more and more busy, with 500 Brent Geese west. Shelduck put in more of appearance with 20/30 around the bay. In fact  there were mostly dabbling ducks on the sea with Mallard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal,in mixed rafts, also 4 Pintail east, 2 Tufted Duck east, 1 Goldeneye and a duck Goosander both of which headed west. Waders were also in with Ruff, Redshank, Curlew, Grey and Golden Plovers. Lapwing were in good numbers with 6/800 on the marsh, also there were good numbers coming off the sea all morning. Dunlin also had a easterly movement in small parties all morning along with three Knot,but the biggest movement of waders was 3/400 Oystercatcher west. For me the best sighting of the morning was when I started walking along the beach, when two male Snow Bunting flew in front of me, and by the end of morning the total built upto eight or nine in a flock which slowly moved  along the beach in the company of Pied Wagtails. There were two Marsh Harrier, a male and a female, both adult birds, at the pools. Good birdwatching Pete.