Friday 28 August 2015

Friday 28th August

Terns were again the feature of the day with the evening roost count comprising 1807 Common, c120 Sandwich, 12 Black, 11 Arctic and seven Little Tern. The spectacle of these gathering offshore attracted in a pale phase adult Pomarine Skua briefly along with four Arctic Skua although these remained distant, also passing south 60+ Kittiwake and  a close flock of 11 Balearic Shearwater with a later single. Wader counts included 376 Curlew, 229 Dunlin, 51 Ringed Plover, 43 Sanderling, 14 Whimbrel, 12 Knot, 10 Black and three Bar-tailed Godwit, six Greenshank, five Grey Plover and a Common Sandpiper. Also in the estuary seven Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the first Goldcrest of the autumn was in the bushes with 18 Blackcap and 10 Whitethroat with three Grey and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

Wildlife News: The Common Seal was on Bull Hill.

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