Saturday 8 July 2017

Saturday 8th July

There is no access to the hide or Warren Point for the next couple of weeks. The day's highlight was again Mediterranean Gull with an incredible 76 birds recorded through the day, eclipsing the previous site record of 27 set only yesterday. There were 67 in the morning, with nine new birds in evening. Birds were coming in off sea all morning, mostly from the east, with the largest flock comprising 10 birds. The breakdown was 31 juveniles, 31 adults, eight second summer and six first summer.

Other records included 357 Manx Shearwater, 117 Common Scoter, three Little Tern, two Yellow-legged Gull and a Common Tern offshore whilst counts from the estuary included 333 Curlew, 63 Redshank, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, nine Dunlin, three Common Sandpiper, two Greenshank, the Slavonian Grebe and a Little Ringed Plover. Overhead 83 Sand Martin and 61 Swift flew through and good numbers of juvenile birds were present including a family group of Cirl Bunting.

Blackcap (juvenile) - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The first Large Skipper and Marbled White of the year were on the wing and three Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore. Several species of solitary bees & wasps are on the wing including Little Flower Bee Anthophora bimaculata, Beewolf Philanthus triangulum and Black-thighed Epeolus Epeolus variegatus.

Black-thighed Epeolus - Alan Keatley

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