Sunday 13 September 2015

Sunday 13th September

The autumn weather delivered a couple of wader highlights to the Bight today with a Pectoral Sandpiper over both tides but it remained elusive. The evening tide saw a Grey Phalarope drop in briefly before heading into Shutterton Creek, a different bird to one at the top end of the estuary. Other waders included a Little Stint, 356 Dunlin, 352 Curlew, c150 Ringed Plover, 39 Knot, 23 Sanderling, 21 Turnstone and four Greenshank. Also in the estuary 650+ Wigeon, 612 Canada Geese, 101 Great Black-backed Gull, a possible adult Baltic Gull, 61 Sandwich Tern, 40+ Teal and the first 20 Dark-bellied Brent Geese of the autumn.

Offshore a single Great Skua and at least three Balearic Shearwater flew close enough to identify with another 30+ shearwater miles out. Elsewhere the Nuthatch was seen again, a Redstart was in Dead Dolphin Wood and other migrants included three Wheatear, two Goldcrest, two Reed and a Garden Warbler.

 Pectoral Sandpiper - both Lee Collins

Grey Phalarope - Lee Collins

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