Sunday 27 September 2015

Saturday 26th September

Good coverage today, though the best finds didn't linger in clear sunny conditions. Overhead passed by a Spoonbill before 09:00, presumably the bird from Bowling Green Marsh where it first appeared on 10th; and an Osprey flew through.  Other passage was light with five Jackdaw, c.30 Skylark, c.20 Swallow, 3 Mistle Thrush,  a Grey Wagtail, two Chaffinch, a Lesser Redpoll and c.50 Goldfinch

In the bushes, a juv Rose-coloured Starling was present for only a short time early afternoon in brambles and mobile around north side of Greenland Lake area, with Starlings.  More typical finds were single Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, 15 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, a Wheatear and two Bullfinch.  However, 16 Coal Tit, most passed along the dune ridge, were exceptional and only the fourth two-figure count on site. 

In the estuary, a Brent Goose, seven Grey Plover, eight Ringed Plover, one Black-tailed Godwit, three Bar-tailed Godwit, c.25 Turnstone, a Sanderling, 74+ Dunlin, 3 Greenshank,  

(Oystercatcher, Redshank and Curlew roosts not counted today); 74 Great Black-backed Gull and a Mediterranean Gull  

At sea, five Red-throated Diver, an equal record September count, last achieved in 1985; also seven Common Scoter, 38+ Sandwich Tern and three large auk sp.  During low tide, offshore sandbars supported 838 Herring Gull and five Lesser Black-backed Gull.


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