Sunday 29 July 2018

Sunday 29th July

The change of weather was welcome but early morning seawatching was a washout with single Balearic Shearwater and an Arctic Skua the highlights along with the first few juvenile Gannet of the autumn. Conditions improved during later in the day and the first Sooty Shearwater of the year came through with a small group of Manx Shearwater. Also passing south during the afternoon a second Balearic Shearwater, 10 Storm Petrel, including a loose flock of nine, a Black Tern, two Great and two more Arctic Skua, 76 Mediterranean and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

With no-one on the Golf Course large numbers of birds sheltered and feed on the wet fairways through the day, including several tern flocks. Counts from the estuary included 120+ Sandwich and six Common Tern, 35+ Dunlin, 28 Turnstone, 22 Whimbrel, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Sanderling, two Greenshank, a third juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, the first returning Great-crested Grebe of the autumn and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere at least three Willow Warbler were subsinging around the Main Pond but conditions were not ideal for searching out passerines.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was in the estuary.

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