Saturday, 27 June 2020

Saturday 27th June

A depression brought intermittent light rain overnight and into dawn on a breezy SE swinging to SW, but a 3h:45m seawatch was remarkably poor by comparison to results from Berry Head, 13.5 miles to the south, likely due to the weather not being unsettled enough.  Efforts produced 83 Gannet, a flock of ten Shelduck; only only seven Fulmar, six auk spp, five Common Scoter and three Manx Shearwater.  Also flying south were some of the 30 Mediterranean Gull seen around the site today (20 adults, 6 ss, 3 fs and 1 juv) and most of the 19 Great Black-backed Gull, the highest count here since early-March. 

The late morning high tide provided 200+ Curlew, 187 Oystercatcher, 160 Black-headed Gull, 14 Sandwich Tern, including the first juv of the year being fed presumably by a parent bird; also ten Redshank, eight Whimbrel, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, two Greenshank and a Dunlin.  Also in the estuary, a mixed feeding flock contained c.320 Herring Gull and two Common Tern. The Slavonian Grebe was still in its summer finery. 

Small pulses of 27 Swift and 15 Swallow moved through.  Nothing of particular note was seen on terrestrial habitats.

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