Over the last few weeks numbers of Wigeon have continued to rise and there are now around 3,200. Their numbers are fairly steady at the moment and this may be around the maximum we will see, although it is possible that there are still a few more to arrive.
Over the last few days there has been a spectacular influx of Pink-footed Geese and this morning there were 10,500. They are still arriving and we may well see this number increase over the next week or so. By the end of October good numbers of these will move on to over-winter on estuaries further south. Mixed in with these have been other species such as Barnacle and Brent Geese and yesterday a Snow Goose.
Another recent arrival has been the Whooper Swans with 20 seen on the Bay yesterday and more sightings today. Numbers of waders have not changed a great deal although Dunlin are up to 1000 and about 150 Golden Plover and 4 Grey Plover are around the bay off the bird-hide.
Other regular sightings over the last couple of weeks has been a Little Egret near the Mosset channel and a Kingfisher by the channels on the south-west corner of the bay. Among the departures have been the Osprey with the last seen about a week ago.