Sunday 17 August 2014

Sunday 17th August

No noticeable arrival of migrants overnight but a Redstart remained with four Wheatear, two Willow and a Garden Warbler. In the estuary the Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe were still in Shutterton Creek with selected wader counts of 219 Redshank, 154 Ringed Plover, 133 Dunlin, 12 Whimbrel, 11 Sanderling, nine Black and two Bar-tailed Godwit, six Turnstone, the summer plumaged Knot and a Greenshank.  Also in the estuary 218 Sandwich and 25+ Common Tern, the second winter Little Gull, a first winter Yellow-legged Gull, 10+ Mediterranean Gull and 107+ Great Black-backed Gull.

 Knot - Lee Collins

Common Tern - Lee Collins

Ringing News: Records from the hide in recent days include a Belgian ringed Sandwich Tern and four juvenile Great Black-backed Gull from the colony on Portland Harbour breakwater.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was in the estuary and hoverflies seen recently include the impressive Hornet-mimic Volucella zonaria and the migrant Scaeva pyrastri.

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