Thursday 8 September 2022

Thursday 8th September

Seawatching before 8.30am saw the first Grey Phalarope of the year head south with 73 Balearic Shearwater, a good (?) count of 690 Gannet, 62 Sandwich Tern, 15 Kittiwake, a Pomarine, a Great and three Arctic Skua

In Shutterton Creek a distinctive hybrid Wigeon x Pintail was with 355 Wigeon and 171 Teal, the latter hosting an equally distinctive bird with white primaries. Also in the estuary the Spotted Redshank was in the Railway Saltmarsh with 355 Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 28 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit.

Peregrine - Lee Collins This immature male has found the fencing around the Bight to its liking and just today sparred with Arctic Skua, Carrion Crow, Little Egret and Greenshank. 

An adult Curlew Sandpiper was in the Bight with 221 Ringed Plover, 112 Dunlin, 69 Great Black-backed and a juv/fw Yellow-legged Gull, 48 Sandwich, 12 Common and two Little Tern, 10 Sanderling, nine Knot, four Grey Plover and single Turnstone, Kingfisher, juvenile Peregrine and a sick Arctic Skua.

Arctic Skua - Lee Collins

Elsewhere two Grey Wagtail were overhead, with three White Wagtail and two Wheatear feeding on the Golf Course fairways.

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