On another blazing hot day, selected counts during the late morning high tide were c.510 Black-headed Gull, 437 Curlew, 287 Redshank, 131 Dunlin, 113 Ringed Plover, 55 Great Black-backed Gull, 48 Sandwich Tern, 30 Cormorant, 20 Mute Swan, 14 Common Tern, nine Bar-tailed Godwit, nine Sanderling, seven Little Egret, four Greenshank, three Knot, three Mediterranean Gull, two Grey Heron, two Wigeon (our first of the autumn), and single Teal, Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit and a Stock Dove on the saltmarsh. The Irish-ringed juv Little Tern was again present.
A Black-headed Gull ringed near Wokingham, Berkshire in 2013 was at Dawlish Warren again today; seems to be regular with previous appearances in 2013 and annually since 2015. .
The bushes, ponds and open areas were hard work, producing 15 Chiffchaff, 11 Whitethroat, six Blackcap, six Stonechat, three Reed Warbler, three Wheatear, two Greenfinch, two Cirl Bunting, single Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. The total of 70 Goldfinch was the highest so far on site this year.
Lighter passage overhead totaled 25+ Swallow, five Grey Wagtail, four Meadow Pipit, three Yellow Wagtail, two Rook and single Sand Martin, House Martin, Tree Pipit and a Buzzard. Nothing of note at sea again today.
Wildlife News: three Red Admiral and a scattering of Common Darter, Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Emperor dragonflies.