Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday 16th August

A small arrival of migrants overnight was headlined by a couple of Redstart in Greenland Lake, along with two Wheatear, three Willow, a Garden and a Sedge Warbler. The counts of 15 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Whitethroat and seven Reed Warbler however no doubt included Warren birds. Overhead there were a couple of Meadow Pipit heading east along with 214+ Swallow, 64+ House and two Sand Martin. A Great Northern Diver was in the estuary with the Slavonian Grebe, 80+ Sandwich and 14 Common Tern, a couple of first winter Yellow-legged Gull on Finger Point, a Green Sandpiper and 11 Mediterranean Gull. Wader counts included 536 Curlew, 242 Ringed Plover, 204 Redshank, 149 Dunlin, 20 Sanderling, nine Whimbrel, three Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, two Greenshank, two Snipe and single summer plumaged Knot, Grey Plover and Turnstone. Elsewhere an Arctic Skua was offshore and the Treecreeper was again behind the Main Pond.

 Great Northern Diver - Lee Collins

Greenshank - Lee Collins

Wildlife News: A Weasel showed well in Greenland Lake attempting to catch a couple of young Pied Wagtail unawares. Butterflies included several Brown Argus along with migrant Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady and Red Admiral.

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