Sunday 20 March 2016

Sunday 20th March

The first two long-awaited Wheatear of the year were on the Golf Course mid morning, the latest arrival since 2007. Other migrants were limited to late news of a Black Redstart somewhere on site some when last week (via Visitor Centre noticeboard) and a summer-plumaged Scandinavian Rock Pipit in the Bight. The evening tide was high enough for a wader roost at the Warren with counts of c950 Dunlin, 457 Oystercatcher, 227 Curlew, 26 Grey and 10 Ringed Plover, 34 Turnstone, 22 Sanderling, 19 Knot and 18 Bar-tailed Godwit. Also in the estuary the Bonaparte's Gull, 205 Brent Geese and two Greenshank with two Red-throated Diver and 16 Great-crested Grebe offshore. Elsewhere a Firecrest and two Treecreeper were by the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: The Harbour Seal was offshore at low tide and in the estuary over high tide, where it narrowly avoided being run down by a speeding boat.

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