Friday 24 August 2018

Friday 24th August

The evening tide saw a roost movement of 255 Common and at least three Arctic Tern over the spit and into the estuary with a new juvenile Black Tern feeding in close front of the hide until dark. also in the estuary 228 Dunlin, 188 Ringed Plover, 21 Sanderling, including two juveniles, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, nine Mediterranean and an adult Yellow-legged Gull, seven Greenshank, two Knot and the Slavonian Grebe.

Sparrowhawk - Lee Collins

Elsewhere at least four Yellow Wagtail and four Wheatear were on site, with single Redstart, Whinchat and Sedge Warbler in Greenland Lake. A juvenile Buzzard was a scarce visitor to Dead Dolphin Wood, the Treecreeper was in the Entrance Bushes and offsite two Osprey were over Mudbank mid morning. A great days birding but no sign of yesterday's wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail - Lee Collins

Wildlife News: Black Bindweed and Tomato are growing along the Dune Ridge, the seeds presumably pumped ashore by last years sea defence work. Black Bindweed is a first for the reserve with only one previous recording area record and Tomato is a scarce, often tideline, occurrence.

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