Wednesday 27 March 2024

Wednesday 27th March

An unexpected highlight was a probable Semipalmated Sandpiper briefly on the dropping tide late morning before flying up the estuary with five Dunlin. There was no sign on the evening tide. Although palmations (and feet) were not visible the bird was either a Semipalmated or Western Sandpiper, the short bill suggesting the former.  The third record for the Warren, and although unseasonal the 2009 presumed Western Sandpiper arrived on 8th April. 

Grey Plovers, Dunlin & probable Semipalmated Sandpiper - Lee Collins

Also in the estuary 54 Turnstone, 52 Dark and seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 47 Curlew, 34 Redshank, 13 Teal, 12 Grey and a Ringed Plover, nine Eider, including a new 2cy male, eight Red-breasted Merganser, seven Greenshank, five Sandwich Tern, two Bar-tailed Godwit and a Knot.

Elsewhere an hour seawatch saw 67 Kittiwake, 57 Gannet, eight Common Scoter, two Red-throated Diver and a 3cy Mediterranean Gull flew SW, a Great Northern Diver was off Warren Point and two Wheatear were in the Bight.

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