A morning spent scouring the bushes produced 15 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Whitethroat, four Willow Warbler, three Reed Warbler, and single Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler and a Sparrowhawk. Finch flocks assembled between
and The Bight comprised of 55+ Linnet,
29 Goldfinch and six Greenfinch, the
most since late-March. Also five
Wheatear and four Skylark in the dunes and open areas. Greenland Lake
Close in front of the hide, examination of ‘wasp’, Darvic and metal rings on Oystercatchers revealed at least three ringed here in 1989, so 28+ years old; ‘T24’ ringed in Aberdeenshire has returned for its fourth consecutive winter and ‘JA’, ringed in Iceland in spring 2016, also spent last winter here.
|Oystercatchers with rings (Lee Collins)|
The White-winged Black Tern was again in the estuary this evening, feeding with other terns and gulls over Cockle Sands, Exmouth and sometimes hawking high over the lower estuary, but not seen inside the recording area today, nor was an Arctic Tern. On site, 33 Sandwich Tern and 23 Common Tern.
Between occasional showers in a freshening westerly breeze, overhead passed 26 Swallow, five House Martin, three Swift, three Meadow Pipit (first of the autumn), two Sand Martin, a Rook and a Kestrel.
Highlights at sea were three Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater and again an unseasonal Great Northern Diver.
|Autumn Lady's-tresses (Alan Keatley)|
Wildlife News: an abundance of flowering Autumn Lady’s-tresses across Greenland Lake, three Southern Hawker, a Grey Seal offshore and a Stoat.