Saturday, 27 July 2013

Saturday 27th July 2013

Both tides covered; generally higher totals in the evening after the rain, with 565 Oystercatcher, 414 Curlew, 103 Dunlin, 58 Ringed Plover, 58 Sanderling, 49 Redshank, 27 Whimbrel,  11 Turnstone, eight Bar-tailed Godwit, two Knot, a Common Sandpiper,150+ Black-headed Gull, four (2 ad, fs, juv) Mediterranean Gull, 143 Sandwich Tern and four Common Tern.  The morning roosts were flushed by an uninformed and/or selfish kayaker. 

At sea, an unseasonal Red-throated Diver, an imm Great Crested Grebe, 15 Manx Shearwater, flocks totalling 83 Common Scoter mostly flew S and 36 Canada Goose in off.

Two Willow Warbler were migrants, but not much else in the bushes; a Green Woodpecker and a roaming mixed flock of small passerines supported 16 Long-tailed Tit, possibly attracting the first Sparrowhawk on site in a while.  A paltry 2 Swift, 9 Swallow and 2 House Martin overhead.

Wildlife news:  no sign of Long-tailed Blue today in overcast, showery conditions, though 2 Brown Argus and some commoner butterflies were found perched up on grass stems in the Back Meadow.

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