Wednesday 4 July 2018

Wednesday 4th July

A change in weather with showers early morning and with them a few new arrivals in the estuary at least. Wader highlights included the first Green Sandpiper of the year and an adult Little Ringed Plover with counts of 282 Oystercatcher, 19 Dunlin, eight Ringed Plover, six Whimbrel, two Turnstone and a juvenile Redshank. Also from the hide 20+ Sandwich Tern, including the first couple of juveniles, three Common Tern, an intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull. Elsewhere a flock of 60+ Swift and 30 House Martin were hawking over the Dune Ridge.

Ringing News: The Oystercatcher flock included at least four returning colour-ringed Dawlish Warren birds. These have been absent all summer so are recent post breeding arrivals from sites unknown.

Lesser Black-backed Gull ssp intermedius - Dave Jewell

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