Thursday 13 June 2019

Thursday 13th June

Rain all day and the tide had dropped, so numbers were a little low, though representative counts were likely to have been seven Ringed Plover, four Canada Goose, four Little Egret, four Dunlin, two Shelduck and just two Oystercatcher. The estuary also held 12 Black-headed Gull.

Off the seawall, a summer plumage Great Northern Diver and just one Gannet during a short session of seawatching.  Although just one today, mid-summer adult Gannet have been regular visitors here for some decades now and tracking data shows that birds from the expanding Alderney colony forage into Lyme Bay as close as the Devon coast.  

The two grown, first brood Little Grebe and four Mallard were on the Main Pond.  A dozen Swallow quartered low over the site in the rain.  Three juvenile Stonechat were around the hide.

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