3 Great –crested Grebes were off the point disputing fishing rights.I didn`t recognise the buzzard- sized raptor perched on Mocketts hill. Dave Perrin reported a sighting of a male Hen Harrier later through Sheppey banks—good to know they still get down here for winter given the turbulent times further north.The most surprising event was when we were watching the Long-billed Dowicher and doing a double take – as TWO Long-billed Dowitchers were feeding together on the East Flood!
A pair of Stonechats were around the saltmarsh and a further pair W of Uplees copse.There were 12 Pintail on the flood and, as the tide rose, one Ringed Plover, six Grey Plovers, a Knot and 19 Bar-tailed Godwits, with hundreds of Dunlin, joined the flocks of Golden Plovers, Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks. Single Fieldfare and Redwing were seen in the scrub, a female Stonechat was near the east hide, and four Yellowhammers in rose bushes by the sluice was unusual.A Rock Pipit fed below the sea wall hide and a duck Gadwall was on the west main dyke.Noted 3 Little Stints on the E flood and 12 Ruff with the Redshank / Blk T Godwit flock.The duck Garganey was with Teal in the SE aspect and the Long-billed Dowitcher was close to the road.Liebe Gäste und Interessierte des Kölner Salons, wir widmen uns den Umbaumaßnahmen und einem Relaunch.Aus diesem Grund bleibt der AIT-Architektur Salon Köln bis zum Wechsel vorübergehend geschlossen.The drake Green-winged Teal was seen again on the east flood on 3rd but is proving very elusive.Other birds of note have included a flock of 14 Siskins flying west on 28th, a Short-eared Owl on 29th, a Bittern, a Spoonbill and a Jack Snipe (flushed from the roadside ditch by a Chinook helicopter) on 1st, a Goosander on 2nd and a ringtail Hen Harrier on 3rd. Male Green-winged Teal still present roosting among the Teal.Three Marsh Harriers over the floods included a female with green tags on both wings.The two Long-billed Dowitchers remained until 1st but only the adult has been reported since.