Sunday 23 July 2017

Sunday 23rd July

Wader counts over both high tides were 424 Curlew, 393 Oystercatcher, including returning adults ringed here in 1989 and 2000; 142 Redshank, 93 Dunlin, 37 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Ringed Plover, 18 Whimbrel, 12 Grey Plover, six Greenshank, two Sanderling and a Common Sandpiper. About a third of the c.115 Sandwich Tern present were juveniles and of the adults, three were ringed at Lady’s Island, Co Wexford and one from Wales.  Yesterday’s Roseate Tern again graced both tides, 7 Common Tern, including 2 or 3 ‘first-summers’ and 5 Mediterranean Gull.  A juvenile Black-headed Gull was the first recovery on site of a bird ringed in Belgium.

At sea, two Arctic Skua chased Kittiwakes and terns, and a Shoveler in off was the first to return.  Overhead, six Swallow, five Swift and a single Sand Martin.

Migrants elsewhere were two Willow Warbler, two Wheatear and a single Sedge Warbler.

Wildlife news: plenty of Brown Argus still on the wing and two Red Admiral.

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