Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday 31st August

A Grey Phalarope feeding close off the seawall was a surprise start to the day especially considering the calm, sunny conditions. Also offshore two Arctic Skua and a Great Northern Diver. The highlight of the day was however the seventh Rose-coloured Starling for the recording area, a very mobile juvenile with 100+ Starling. Other migrants included a Whinchat in Greenland Lake, two Yellow Wagtail, a Little Ringed Plover and a Hobby overhead, three Sedge Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Nuthatch. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with seven Wigeon, six Common Sandpiper, 200+ Common and an Arctic Tern and a first winter Yellow-legged Gull.

 Nuthatch - Lee Collins

Rose-coloured Starling 
Wildlife News: At two Clouded Yellow were on site with both Common and Grey Seal in the estuary.

Common Seal - Lee Collins
Ringing News: August has been a record month for recoveries on the Warren, thanks mainly to the excellent opportunities available from the hide. Over the month rings have been read on 63 different birds of 11 species. In total there have been 137 individual reads showing the site fidelity for many individuals.
Whilst the recording group are still awaiting details from ringers/ BTO for many of the records, birds have been traced from Poland (Black-headed Gull), Ireland (Little Tern), Guernsey, Norway, Dorset, France (Great Black-backed Gull), Cleveland (Common Tern) and Cornwall (Cormorant).

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