Saturday 7 May 2016

Saturday 7th May

Overnight rain and easterly winds once again failed to deliver a hoped for fall, but a Grasshopper Warbler reeled from the Back Path on and off during the day, a Spotted Flycatcher was in the Entrance Bushes and a Reed Warbler sang from an Elder on Warren Point.  Overhead 42 Swallow, six House Martin and three Swift flew through and a Red Kite was offsite over the estuary at Starcross.

Wader numbers included 215 Dunlin on the morning tide, with just 50 in the evening, 33 Whimbrel, 29 Sanderling, six Ringed and five Grey Plover, two Bar-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank. Other records included a Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Finger Point, the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary, two Little Tern and two Great Northern Diver were offshore and the first Stock Dove of the year was in Greenland Lake.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was hauled out on a barge in the estuary and butterflies included a Painted Lady along the Dune Ridge, an Orange-tip and a Small White by the First Pond and two Holly Blue on site - all new for the year.

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