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Middleton Sands WEBS / January Winter Survey

Posted by garry sharples1 
Middleton Sands WEBS / January Winter Survey
January 12, 2020 10:33PM
A nicely timed WEBS to coincide with the much needed reappearance of the sun...and reappearance of last years wintering SEO ?

WEBS (Potts corner - Sunderland point)

980 Oystercatchers
22 Ringed Plover
1750 Bar Tailed Godwit ( over 2000 in the area with several hundred on Lades Marsh also)
215 Redshank
475 Grey Plover (my highest count here)
3250 Knot
3475 Dunlin
370 Wigeon
6 Snipe
390 Curlew
820 Lapwing
6 Common Gull
48 BH Gulls
3 Little Grebe
8 Coot
3 Moorhen
4 Mallard
3 Little Egret
1 Grey Heron
9 Cormorant

Passerines & other stuff as part of Winter survey

1 Short Eared Owl - on saltmarsh at high tide near Potts Corner (will hopefully stay around like last year)
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
8 Reed Bunting
22 Linnet
2 Tree Sparrow
3 Skylark
Twite heard but not located - Sunderland Brows farm area
5 House Sparrow
135 Fieldfare
18 Redwing
2 Song Thrush
1 Mistle Thrush
12 Blackbird
84 Starlings
2 Meadow Pipit
22 Woodpigeon
2 Collared Dove
1 Pheasant
3 Pied Wagtail
2 Great Tit
7 Blue Tit
4 Robin
3 Goldfinch
2 Chaffinch
9 Magpie
3 Crow

270 PF Geese heading South

Other stuff nearby...

Scrub off bypass road (East Middleton Indust Est)

2 Bullfinch
1 Grey Wagtail
6 Greenfinch
22 Teal
3 Moorhen
8 Greylag

Red Kite earlier in week in Lyth Valley

Report of Firecrest on Foulshaw board seen in car park (don't know when but recent entry)
double figures Tree Sparrow / Redpoll on feeders at Foulshaw and regularly obliging Water Rail taking advantage !

Grey Wagtail - Gilpin Bridge

Roll on Spring !
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