Wednesday 5 September 2018

Wednesday 5th September

An autumnal feel this morning with a decent fall of grounded migrants including at least 25 Wheatear, a Redstart and a Grasshopper Warbler with 28 Meadow Pipit, 27 Swallow, six Grey and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

 Redstart - Alan Keatley

Wheatear - Dave Jewell

Elsewhere 87 Wigeon were in Shutterton Creek, but with unsuccessful forays from Kestrel, Peregrine and two Sparrowhawk wader numbers in the Bight were much reduced. Counts included 904 Oystercatcher, 39 Ringed Plover, 12 Turnstone nine Sanderling and a Bar-tailed Godwit returned to feed up as the tide dropped. The undoubted highlight was the Osprey that caught a fish before promptly gaining height and flying south out of the recording area.

Sparrowhawk - Dave Jewell
The abundance of fencing around the Bight provides plenty of opportunities for hunting raptors

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