Witham mouth

22/10/2014

Offshore breeze, sun/cloud, cool.

A skein of pinkfeet flew inland near Swineshead.

Cut End.

Brent geese and winter wildfowl now ‘in’, in good numbers. Three whoopers, (2 adults and a juv. flew over, calling). Not many migrants moving, odd redwings and a few skylarks.

On the sea were 6 red-breasted mergansers, a few eiders and a few great-crested grebes. A couple of juv. gannets flew south. Odd seals kept popping up.

Raptors around included a sparrowhawk, 2 kestrels, 2 common buzzards, ( a rough-leg was reported from the area later on) and a merlin.

merlin
merlin

There was the usual array of waders fed in the wash, wigeons and shelducks were around in good numbers.

wigeons
wigeons

Drove round to Freiston shore where there must have been 7 or 8 hundred wigeon. An Egyptian goose was hanging out with the brents. On the reservoir a dozen pintails were with the wigeon. At least 8 little grebes were on the lagoon.