Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Tuesday 30th August

The Wryneck remains on Warren Point, being seen in flight early evening, new migrants were thin on the ground with a Reed Warbler on the Point and just a single Wheatear. Three Curlew Sandpiper and two Little Stint were in the Bight amongst hundreds of Dunlin and Ringed Plover, 25+ Sanderling and several Knot, including a very tame juvenile. Elsewhere two juvenile Little Gull flew down river and settled offshore, a Jay was briefly on Langstone Rock and the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary.

 Little Stint - Simon Thurgood

 Knot - Luke Harman
Curlew Sandpiper - Simon Thurgood

Monday, 29 August 2016

Monday 29th August

The Wryneck remains on Warren Point but was very elusive most of the day, also on the Point a Redstart and a Whinchat with other migrants including two Spotted Flycatcher, five Wheatear, two Willow and a Sedge Warbler.  In the estuary a Ruff was on the Railway Saltmarsh with 231 Redshank and two Greenshank with three Little Stint and two Curlew Sandpiper were in the Bight with 363 Dunlin, 206 Ringed Plover, 28 Knot and 12 Black-tailed Godwit. Also present eight Wigeon, just 20 Sandwich Tern, two Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Water Rail was at the Main Pond, a Coal Tit was mobile around the Entrance Bushes and a low tide count saw 1557 Herring Gull around the Warren.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday 28th August

Seawatching this morning saw three Balearic Shearwater head south along with 85 Gannet, an adult Little Gull and only the second Roseate Tern of the autumn. In the estuary there were three juvenile Little Stint and two Curlew Sandpiper, with counts including 444 Curlew, 293 Dunlin, 242 Ringed Plover, 242 Redshank, 144 Great Black-backed Gull, 48 Sandwich Tern, 22 Sanderling, 13 Knot, seven Bar and six Black-tailed Godwit, four Mediterranean Gull, three Whimbrel, two Greenshank, the first two Teal of the autumn and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere migrants were limited to single Wheatear and Willow Warbler on the deck and four Sand Martin and a Grey Wagtail overhead.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Saturday 27th August

The Wryneck remained on Warren Point where it was joined by the first Whinchat of the year. Other grounded migrants included single Sedge and Willow Warbler, two Wheatear and a Coal Tit with three Tree Pipit, two Yellow and a Grey Wagtail overhead. 

Wryneck - both Luke Harman

In the estuary waders included two Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper were in the Bight, picked out amongst 378 Dunlin, 188 Ringed Plover, 14 Sanderling and 14 Knot, whilst on the Railway Saltmarsh there were 431 Curlew, 223 Redshank, three Bar-tailed Godwit, two Whimbrel and a Greenshank. Also from the hide 1051 Oystercatcher, 99 Great Black-backed Gull, 48 Sandwich Tern, three Mediterranean Gull, two Kingfisher, a Common Sandpiper and the Slavonian Grebe.

Curlew Sandpiper - Luke Harman
Wildlife News: Great Green Bush-cricket remain in good 'voice' around the remaining scrubby areas of the site.

Great Green Bush-cricket - Luke Harman

Friday, 26 August 2016

Friday 26th August

The Wryneck was still on Warren Point, in the same area as previously, perhaps yesterday's was a second bird? Other migrants included four Wheatear on the golf course and a Spotted Flycatcher along the Back Path. In the Bight there were two Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper amongst 249 Dunlin, 122 Ringed Plover, 15 Sanderling and 10 Knot. Also around the Bight 487 Curlew and 11 Bar-tailed Godwit flushed from the Railway Saltmarsh, 85 Sandwich and three Common Tern, 86 Great Black-backed and an adult Mediterranean Gull. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thursday 25th August

In the estuary a Curlew Sandpiper and the first Snipe of the autumn were in the Bight with 279 Dunlin and 127 Ringed Plover, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe were off Cockwood. Elsewhere a Garden Warbler was by the First Pond and there was late news of a Wryneck along the Back Path. https://www.rspb.org.uk/community/wildlife/f/13609/t/192332.aspx

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday 24th August

No sign of the Wryneck but three Wheatear were on Warren Point. Elsewhere the first Ruff of the year was in the Bight, the Little Stint was with 420 Dunlin, 95 Ringed Plover, 16 Sanderling and a Knot.

Knot and Carrion Crow - Simon Thurgood

This juvenile Knot was predated by a Carrion Crow in front of he hide, showing it is not just feeding Oystercatcher that are targeted by this species.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tuesday 23rd August

The Wryneck was still on Warren Point and the Little Stint and at least one juvenile Curlew Sandpiper remained in the estuary but no other news was received.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Monday 22nd August

A Wryneck on Warren Point was the highlight, present all day it was however very elusive at times; two Wheatear and two Willow Warbler were the only other migrants. Elsewhere the first juvenile Little Stint was in the Bight with 286+ Ringed Plover, 235+ Dunlin, 24 Sanderling and a Curlew Sandpiper and a Storm Petrel was off the seawall.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sunday 21st August

Counts from the Bight included a single juvenile Curlew Sandpiper amongst 289 Ringed Plover, 171 Dunlin, 22 Sanderling and four Knot. Also in the estuary 163 Redshank, 15 Whimbrel, six Mediterranean Gull, five Wigeon, four Common Sandpiper, three Bar and Black-tailed Godwit, three Greenshank, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere passerine migrants were limited to two Wheatear and a Willow Warbler and it was quieter offshore with a single Pomarine Skua, c100 Sandwich Tern and 10 Manx Shearwater.