Tuesday 18 October 2022

Tuesday 18th October

More welcome signs of movement with highlights single Osprey and Swallow south with counts of 90 Goldfinch, 33 Siskin, 26 Pied and a Grey Wagtail, 18 Skylark, 17 Meadow Pipit, 17 Chaffinch, seven Rook, two Lesser Redpoll and a Bullfinch.

Also on site a Redwing was in Dead Dolphin Wood, the two Cetti's Warbler are still present with eight Chiffchaff, two Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Wheatear.

Elsewhere a fem/imm Eider and a Red-throated Diver were offshore, with two Sooty Shearwater, a Storm Petrel and three Arctic Skua south late afternoon. A juvenile Arctic Tern was in the Bight with counts from the estuary including 1409 Wigeon, 292 Teal, 79 Dunlin, 59 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 20 Shelduck, 19 Ringed and eight Grey Plover, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Greenshank, nine Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, two Pintail and a Sandwich Tern.

Wildlife News: Aside from wasps and a few Buff-tailed Bumblebee very little on the wing. On Warren Point, the remaining Gannet carcass was hosting the large rove beetle Philonthus politus.

Philonthus politus - Alan Keatley

Cochlicopa lubicella - Alan Keatley

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