Sunday 13 October 2013

Sunday 13th October 2013

With lighter winds and some overnight rain anticipation was high early morning, birds were moving overhead from first light. Six Mistle Thrush was a decent tally for the Warren and a Great-spotted Woodpecker on visible migration is always of note but the passage, although promising, never really got going with tallies including 84 Meadow Pipit, 74 Goldfinch, 61 Pied Wagtail, 44 Skylark, 22 Siskin, 18 Chaffinch, eight Reed Bunting and four Grey Wagtail. In the estuary there was a welcome increase in wildfowl with 1180 Wigeon, 322 Teal and 172 Brent Geese, also present four Black-tailed Godwit, three Pintail, two Greenshank, the Slavonian Grebe and a Mediterranean Gull. The morning promise was finally realised early afternoon initially with two separate Merlin hunting offshore and then two vocal Yellow-browed Warbler mobile around the First Pond, one was presumably an elusive long stayer, the other the third individual of the autumn. Other records included the first Slavonian Grebe of the winter and two Red-throated Diver offshore with 22 Blackbird, 14 Song Thrush, nine Chiffchaff, two Blackcap and a Wheatear on site.

Wildlife News: Four Bottle-nosed Dolphin were showing well feeding offshore mid morning but soon disappeared after being illegally disturbed by a low flying Helicopter which came into to try and view them.

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