Saturday 18 June 2016

Saturday 18th June

Inshore a raft of 72 Shag and further out a flock of 46 Kittiwake and 45 Gannet fed actively. Also at sea, 23 Sandwich Tern, 14 Black-headed Gull flew in off,14 Manx Shearwater, two Fulmar and a single Common Scoter.  

Both tides today were covered and best totals were 304 Oystercatcher, 127 Curlew, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Sanderling, four Dunlin, three Whimbrel, three Little Egret, two Redshank and two Grey Heron.  The first juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull was an early date.

On the Main Pond, two Little Grebe continued to feed chicks and the singing mobile male Reed Bunting had no others to contest its territory on site.

A passage of 95 Swift flew WSW; five Swallow and two House Martin were local birds. Single Kestrel, Peregrine.and Buzzard passed over.  Most of the nine Jackdaw seen commuted to Exmouth, 

On Warren Point, a Cuckoo remained all day.  Gathering post-fledging flocks of  84 Starling and 22 Long-tailed Tit roamed the site; the family of five Stonechat remained in bushes beside the 7th fairway and elsewhere five Goldfinch, a pair of Bullfinch and a Cirl Bunting

Wildlife News: One Painted Lady was present along with the first Small Skipper of the year. Dragonflies included the first Common Darter and Golden-ringed Dragonfly of the year, the latter a scarce migrant to the Warren.

 Common Darter - Alan Keatley

 Small Skipper - Alan Keatley

Golden-ringed Dragonfly - Alan Keatley

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