Saturday 30 August 2014

Saturday 30th August

With all five regular observers on site and nearly eleven hours birded, coverage today was good.  Including a pulse of passage south at sea before dawn, terns totals were 319 Common, 110 Sandwich, 6 Little, 4 Arctic, an adult Roseate and a juv Black Tern.   The sea was otherwise quiet with 35+ Gannet south, a Razorbill and 30 Common Scoter inshore.  Both high tides produced best counts of a juv Little Ringed Plover, 235 Ringed Plover, 319 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, two Knot, 25 Sanderling, 230 Dunlin, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 485 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, a juv Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Turnstone.  Within the estuary, there was the resident Slavonian Grebe, 1 Bar-headed Goose with the Canada Goose flocks; 1 Wigeon, 3 Teal, a site notable count of 58 Mallard; 6+ Little Egret and 7 Mediterranean Gull.  An Osprey made a brief sortie over the site at lunchtime. Two Kingfishers ranged widely.

Little movement overhead with 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, a few Swallows, one Sand Martin, two Jackdaw, two Rook and four Raven. The bushes, dunes and reed-beds were uneventful with 2 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 15 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, and the now semi-resident Treecreeper,  Though suspected for some time, pair of Collared Dove defending their nest against a couple of Magpies, was the first confirmed breeding record on site. 

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