Saturday 22 September 2018

Saturday 22nd September

Weather conditions with rain starting pre dawn and continuing throughout the day delivered good numbers of migrants with minimum counts of 32 Blackcap and 21 Chiffchaff with  single Whinchat, Wheatear, Whitethroat, Willow and Garden Warbler also on site. The warblers were actively feeding in bushes and even on open ground throughout the reserve. The weather also brought down 40+ Swallow and 11 House Martin to ground level with 40+ Meadow Pipit grounded, especially in the Bight and along the Dune Ridge.

Meadow Pipit - Alan Keatley

Counts from the estuary included 330 Wigeon, 328 Redshank, 282 Dunlin, 39 Ringed Plover, 37 Sandwich and four Common Tern, 32 Turnstone, 29 Knot, 20 Bar and six Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, seven Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a pair of Tufted Duck were offshore early morning and single Manx and Balearic Shearwater flew east mid afternoon.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Lee Collins
The bird of the left had been ringed in Belguim

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