Sunday 14 July 2019

Sunday 14th July

On another hot and sunny day, observers only ventured in for the evening tide, attended by 260 Oystercatcher, a flock which has gradually grown in size and for the past 10 days or so, bolstered by adult birds returning from breeding grounds, including colour-ringed birds back from Bedfordshire, Derbyshire and Islay.  Also present, 340 Curlew, 84 Redshank, 79+ Sandwich Tern, 21 Whimbrel, 15 Dunlin, 13 Mediterranean Gull (of various ages), 12 Great Black-backed Gull, the resident ten Canada Goose, nine Little Egret, two each of Grey Heron, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Common Tern and Stock Dove in the saltmarsh; and single Mute Swan, Grey Plover, Common Gull and a colour-ringed adult Little Tern, but too distant to read.  

Brief scans at sea recorded a raft of 22 Common Scoter, just single singles of Gannet and a juv Yellow-legged Gull.

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