Saturday, 20 August 2016

Saturday 20th August

The strong winds delivered the highlight of the day, the recording area's second ever Cory's Shearwater which flew south just before 7am. The only previous record was in July 2008. Other counts from seawatching before 10am included 12 Balearic Shearwater, 329 Gannet, 240+ Sandwich Tern, 110 Kittiwake, c50 Manx Shearwater, 28 Fulmar, nine Common Tern, three Black-tailed Godwit and a Great Skua. Also offshore during the day a further seven Balearic Shearwater, two Arctic Skua and two Arctic Tern.

Bonaparte's Gull - Lee Collins

Further highlights came from the estuary with a moulting adult Bonaparte's Gull briefly in the Bight early afternoon, presumably the returning individual, and an equally brief Wood Sandpiper on the evening tide. Counts from the estuary included two juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 484 Curlew, 328 Dunlin, 218+ Ringed Plover, 198 Redshank, 46 Turnstone, 30 Sanderling, 17 Whimbrel, six Mediterranean Gull, three Wigeon, three Greenshank, two Knot, a summer plumaged Grey Plover, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Kingfisher was on the Main Pond, three Cirl Bunting were along the Back Path and a joint site record count of 15 Feral Pigeon were on Langstone Rock.

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