Friday 14 June 2019

Friday 14th June

A Marsh Tit calling and showing in Dead Dolphin Wood this evening was the first record since 2010 and only the 11th since 1964.  About half of the records are in mid to late-summer records, perhaps relating to post-breeding dispersal.  

The evening high tide supplied more predictable offerings of 51 Curlew, ten Mute Swan, ten Ringed Plover, six each of Cormorant, Dunlin and Great Black-backed Gull, five Shelduck, four Canada Goose, only two Oystercatcher and a single Grey Plover.  

On the Main Pond, a pair of Little Grebe engaged in some display and ignored their remaining two nagging chicks for a while. 

Brief glances out to sea produced two Arctic Skua (dark and a pale phase) lingering far offshore; two Manx Shearwater, two Sandwich Tern and a Fulmar.

A flock of 64 Starling roamed the grassy areas and two mobile fledgling Stonechat explored Warren Point.

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