Sunday 24 May 2020

Sunday 17th May

Pleasant conditions aided birding but the low neap tide not so much the afternoon's WeBS count.  That and other counts during the day totalled105 Sanderling (highest count so far this year), 38 Dunlin, just 22 Oystercatcher, 15 Whimbrel, ten Curlew, six Mute Swan (including the pair on the Main Pond), six Great Black-backed Gull, three each of Canada Goose, Little Egret and Ringed Plover, and the resident Slavonian Grebe.  At low tide, 68 Carrion Crow foraged on the estuary mudflats and offshore sandflats.

Overhead passage was light with 27 Swallow north-east; 15 Black-headed Gull and a single Lesser Black-backed Gull flew north, five House Martin, a few high flying single Cormorant and today's highlight, a Hobby flew high west. 

Little seen offshore with 15 Gannet, 13 Shag, six Sandwich Tern, two Common Scoter and two Kittiwake noted. 

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