Sunday, 16 August 2015

Sunday 16th August

Wader numbers had dropped overnight but new arrivals in the estuary included a juvenile Little Gull, a Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe as well as the first Wigeon of the autumn. Counts included 522 Curlew, c270 Dunlin, 209 Redshank, 136 Ringed Plover, 20+ Sanderling, 13 Whimbrel, 11 Turnstone, nine Knot, four Greenshank and four Grey Plover. Also in the estuary 40 Sandwich, 27 Common and three Little Tern, six Mediterranean Gull, a Kingfisher, the Slavonian Grebe and a Teal. Elsewhere passerine migrants had also departed overnight with just two Willow Warbler and single Wheatear on site, single Yellow and Grey Wagtail overhead and three Balearic Shearwater were offshore.

Wildlife News: Migrant insects included several Rush Veneer and the hoverflies Scaeva pyrastri and Episyrphus balteatus.

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