Sunday 23 June 2019

Sunday 23rd June

The mid-morning 3.0 metre high tide only just and briefly inundated Cockle Sands, so across to roost came 93 Curlew, c.30 Black-headed Gull, 10 Shelduck, eight Cormorant, seven each of Oystercatcher and Redshank, three each of Little Egret and Dunlin, two each of Grey Plover, Mediterreanean Gull, Great Black-backed Gull and Common Tern, and single Grey Heron, Ringed Plover and an unseasonal summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit, which flew in off the sea into the estuary.  Of the 30+ Sandwich Tern in the lower estuary, about a dozen entered our recording area.

The fresh easterly failed again to produce anything noteworthy at sea with low single figures of the usual Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Gannet, Kittiwake and auk sp, and a single Great Crested Grebe.

A pair of Collared Dove were in Dead Dolphin Wood; two Swift and a few Swallow passed overhead.

Wildlife news: Along one kilometre of shoreline, the remains of 443 Barrel Jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo of various sizes were counted. The mass beaching may be related to plankton blooms and onshore winds.  Elsewhere a Marbled White was in the uncut margins of the Car Park and hymenoptera included Silvery Leafcutter Megachile leachella, Common Spiny Digger Wasp Oxybelus uniglumis and Crabro peltarius.  

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