Monday 24 September 2018

Monday 24th September

Following the switch to northerly winds yesterday the first three Brent Geese of the autumn duly arrived in the estuary. Other counts included 11 Avocet that briefly came in from up river, 310 Wigeon, 1337 Oystercatcher, 278 Redshank, 260 Curlew, 260 Dunlin, 13 Grey and 12 Ringed Plover, eight Knot, three Greenshank, two Snipe and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere a juvenile Little Gull, two Arctic Skua, 30 Sandwich, three Common and a Black Tern were feeding off the seawall with 180 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and a Pintail in a flock of 100+ Wigeon and Teal.

With a clear sky there was no noticeable movement of note overhead and migrants were limited but included a good count of three Whinchat on site and c200 Swallow feeding over the estuary.

 Whinchat - Dave Jewell

Wildlife News: Insects were again obvious in sheltered areas.

Peacock - Dave Jewell

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