Thursday, 27 October 2016

Thursday 27th October

A smart male Black Redstart was on the seawall early morning, the second this week, but the highlight was a grey goose sp that flew low north at day break, probably a young White-fronted Goose. Elsewhere 70 Goldfinch were on site, four Chiffchaff, three Blackcap and a Coal Tit were in the bushes and  61 Common Scoter were offshore.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wednesday 26th October

The two Eider were still offshore and large numbers of Goldfinch were on the move but no other news was received.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tuesday 25th October

The first Black Redstart of the autumn was briefly on the seawall this morning with an Eider offshore occasionally appearing out of the murk. The misty conditions remained for much of the day and limited overhead movement and scans of the estuary but two Short-eared Owl were found on Warren Point and six Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Siskin were in the Entrance Bushes.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Monday 24th October

Heavy rain most of the day hampered birding opportunities but a couple of wet hours in the field did reveal four Pintail and the lone Eider offshore with 88 Dunlin, 85+ Great Black-backed Gull, 53 Grey and six Ringed Plover, two Mediterranean Gull and two Red-breasted Merganser in the estuary.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sunday 23rd October

A Merlin heading across the bay towards Orcombe Point mid morning was the highlight as the strong easterly wind removed any chance of vismig with just 17 Goldfinch and four Chaffinch overhead. Counts from the estuary included 1827 Wigeon, 392 Curlew, 363 Teal, 96 Brent Geese, 45 Dunlin, 21 Common Gull, a noticeable increase, 16 Shelduck, two Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Eider was off the seawall, a Buzzard was in the Entrance bushes with just three Chiffchaff and a Blackcap.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Saturday 22nd October

Counts from the estuary included 1420 Wigeon, 332 Curlew, 145+ Redshank, 97 Grey Plover, 58 Dunlin, 49 Knot, 33 Turnstone, three Mediterranean Gull, two Greenshank and two Snipe. Elsewhere the Eider and a Red-throated Diver were offshore, vismig included 118 Wood Pigeon, 22 Chaffinch, a Siskin, a Mistle Thrush and a late House Martin with four Chiffchaff, two Blackcap and a Coal Tit in the bushes.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday 21st October

Counts from the estuary included 1514 Oystercatcher, 114 Dunlin, 91 Grey Plover, three Mediterranean Gull, two Snipe and two Greenshank. Elsewhere two Red-throated Diver were offshore with a Pintail amongst 45 Common Scoter and vismig was limited to 13 Chaffinch, a Siskin and a Swallow.

Turnstone & Sanderling - Greg Bradbury

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thursday 20th October

Counts from the estuary included 1070 Wigeon, 563 Teal, 254 Curlew, 195 Redshank, 86 Grey Plover, 70 Knot, 50 Dunlin, 15 Bar and seven Black-tailed Godwit, three Mediterranean Gull and a Red-breasted Merganser. Elsewhere an Eider and 56 Common Scoter were offshore and 'vis-mig' overhead included 67 Skylark, 53 Starling, 18 Chaffinch, three Siskin, three Swallow and a Redpoll.

Wildlife News: a gull perched on the promenade struggling with a Garfish was an unusual site.  A few Red Admiral continued to fly SW.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wednesday 19th October

The recording area's second Little Bunting flew over calling early morning but otherwise vismig was quieter with 106 Goldfinch, 38 alba Wagtail, 22 Meadow Pipit, 20 Jackdaw, nine Chaffinch, seven Rook, three Swallow and single Bullfinch, Siskin, Redpoll and Stock Dove.  Other migrants included an increase to nine Chiffchaff with eight Reed Bunting and a lone Wheatear also on site. Elsewhere an Eider was offshore, 24 Shelduck were in the Bight, a Kingfisher was on the Main Pond and two Snipe were on the beach and offshore sandbars, flying around with a Sanderling.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tuesday 18th October

The first Goosander of the year flew south off the seawall early morning along with a single Merlin, 40 Gannet and a dozen mixed Guillemot and Razorbill, also offshore a Black-necked Grebe, a Red-throated Diver in full summer plumage and 43 Common Scoter with 1815 Herring Gull at low tide. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 67 Knot, 61 Grey Plover, 12 Sanderling, three adult Mediterranean Gull and a Sandwich Tern. New migrants were limited to a single Wheatear in Greenland Lake with 130+ Goldfinch, six Swallow and three Redpoll overhead.

Long-tailed Tit - Alan Keatley