The single Snow Goose (Cat. E) was again present with 176 Canada Goose; and other wildfowl present were 99 Teal, 18 Mute Swan, six Pintail, three Mallard and the drake Eider. Other waterbirds counted were 413 Curlew, 179 Redshank, 49 Great Black-backed Gull, 39 Knot, 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Turnstone, 12 Common Gull, 11 Sanderling, ten Grey Plover, seven Little Egret, six Sandwich Tern, four Greenshank, three Grey Heron, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, and single Great Crested Grebe and the Slavonian Grebe. An arctica-type Dunlin was amongst the flock in The Bight.
A Buzzard roosted and departed Dead Dolphin Wood early morning; and also in wooded areas seven Long-tailed Tit, five Chiffchaff and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Mixed grounded and overhead migrants were 15 Siskin, a dozen Meadow Pipit, two Wheatear and a Jackdaw. Regular residents noted were some Stonechat, four Rock Pipit, two Cirl Bunting and single Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Raven.
Wildlife news: the site's 4th and 5th record of Locust Blowfly Stomorhina lunata, previously a rare migrant from Africa and recently has become more frequently recorded in the UK. Common insects attracted out into the sunshine were a few Large White, Speckled Wood and single Common Blue, Small Copper and Red Admiral. And as expected at this time of the year, a few Common Darter and Migrant Darter.
|male and female Locust Blowfly Stomorhina lunata - Alan Keatley|