Saturday, 22 July 2017

Saturday 22nd July

Those who set their alarm to 03:45 hoping to relive the events of yesterday were not so well rewarded today.  At sea, 34 Manx Shearwater and one Arctic Skua were the only highlights.  

Both high tides were covered with wader totals of 416 Oystercatcher, 388 Curlew, 151 Dunlin, c.110 Redshank, 24 Ringed Plover, 20 Sanderling, 15 Turnstone, 12 Grey Plover, five Greenshank and single Knot and Common Sandpiper. A double-metal ringed Roseate Tern was different to that present yesterday; an adult Common Tern with its two metal-ringed young and the adults of 80+ Sandwich Terns commuting in and out of The Bight all day to feed their young, were reminders of the site's importance to migrating families of terns from further afield.  The Welsh-ringed adult Sandwich Tern was seen again,  23 Mediterranean Gull and a juv Yellow-legged Gull passed through.  

A juv Green Woodpecker was the first on site since early-Mar.  Small post-breeding flocks of Goldfinch, Linnet and Starling continue to roam the fairways and bushes.  A Wheatear paused on the seawall. 

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