Friday 8 October 2021

Friday 8th October

Once again it was a familiar species that was the highlight was a site record 62 Jay recorded over the Recording Area, with another 90 passing off site. The previous site record was 47 on 21 Oct 1983. The main movement was N/NE north with a few SW , all in loose flocks, largest 29 and 27 both NE and then over estuary, all other flocks between 2 and 15. The first was at 9:30 with most between 10:00 and 10: 30, total movement 152. 

Other movement was limited with 28 Meadow Pipit, 17 Pied and three Grey Wagtail, five Swallow, five Rook and two Jackdaw, mostly NE. Grounded migrants included 30 Meadow Pipit, 14 Chiffchaff , four Blackcap, a Goldcrest and a Wheatear with 164 Goldfinch, 60 Linnet, 17 Greenfinch, 14 Long-tailed, 12 Blue and eight Great Tit also on site.

Attention in the estuary was focussed on a successful cannon-netting session with the Devon and Cornwall Wader Ringing Group, with c40 Oystercatcher, 20 Dunlin and four Grey Plover colour-ringed, please look out for them on the estuary.

Oystercatcher - This bird got a set of new rings today, replacing those first added at the Warren in Sep 1989!
Counts made included 56 Ringed Plover, 54 Bar-tailed Godwit, including a Norwegian ringed bird, 45 Mute Swan, 38 Sandwich Tern, 19 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sanderling, three Pintail and a Whimbrel.

Wildlife News: The recent rain has brought out good numbers of fungi including the first Parasol Mushroom of the year along with Honey Fungus, various puffballs and Dune Conecap Conocybe dunensis. The cloudy conditions kept insects at a premium but a few Red Admiral and Ivy Bee were on the wing along with a single Meadow Eupeodes Eupeodes latifasciatus

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