Sunday 30 July 2023

Sunday 30th July

A full day on site with almost 80 species recorded, the highlight the site's fourth record of Cory's Shearwater distantly south just before 1pm. Also passing offshore, mostly between 11.50-15.30, included three Storm Petrel, c50 Gannet, c30 Kittiwake, eight Manx Shearwater, two Arctic and a Pomarine Skua, three Fulmar and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. The Great Northern Diver was still offshore. 

The day's species tally was boosted by an arrival of passerine migrants including a fly through Cuckoo, the first three Wheatear of the autumn, and nine Willow, three Sedge and two Garden Warbler. Other counts on site included 17 Whitethroat15 Long-tailed Tit and 14 Cirl Bunting.

Both high tides were covered in the estuary with peak counts including 545 Oystercatcher, 290 Curlew, 167 Redshank, 48 Ringed Plover, 44 Whimbrel, 34 Dunlin, 32 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 26 Sanderling, 11 Mediterranean Gull, seven Greenshank, five Grey Plover, two Black and a Bar-tailed Godwit and single Common Sandpiper, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Kingfisher, Shelduck and Turnstone.

Sandwich Tern - Lee Collins
Other Wildlife: A Migrant Hawker was braving the conditions and Jersey Tiger were by the Main Pond and on Warren Point.

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