Sunday 6 October 2019

Sunday 6th October

A Short-toed Lark was reportedly seen briefly along the Dune Ridge before flying to the Golf Course mid afternoon, but there was no further sign. Grounded migrants were limited to 12 Goldcrest, six Chiffchaff and three Blackcap, although overhead passage picked up with a late Tree Pipit amongst good number of Meadow Pipit, 115 alba Wagtail and a steady movement of Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Linnet. The year's first Merlin also passed through.

In the estuary numbers of terns increased considerably with a minimum of 159 Sandwich and five Common Tern on Bull Hill, with a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 374 Curlew, 143 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 24 Dunlin, seven Greenshank, eight Mediterranean Gull and two Pintail also present. Elsewhere at least six Arctic Skua were off the seawall harrying the terns and hundreds of gulls feeding offshore.

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