Friday 30th October 2020

The next few days were forecast to be wet and windy and so I decided to head to NO earlier than planned to try and beat the forecast. Unfortunately it wasn’t much better today, windy with drizzle and sea spray in the air, quite challenging.

The highlight was five Spoonbill initially sleeping and then feeding on Inchmery just opposite the pontoon. There was also a female Eider sheltering nearby in the mouth of the river. There were at least six Great Crested Grebes with two on the sea and four in the more sheltered river mouth. 30 Dunlin and 10 Grey Plover roosted on the Estuary Scrape at high tide and a Spotted Redshank and two Greenshank were viewable distantly from the gate.

Grey Plover photo by Ian Williamson

I flushed three Snipe and a pair of Skylark from the spit near the point and two Rock Pipits flicked around the boats near the sailing club.

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