Sunday 15 September 2019

Sunday 15th September

The highlight was the second Recording Area record of Quail, a bird flushed from the Dune Ridge before seeming to land on the Golf Course but there was no further sign. The only previous record was found moribund on 17th May 1967. Numbers of other migrants had dropped with just 10 Blackcap, two Whitethroat and a Wheatear. Overhead 25 Meadow Pipit, three Grey and a Yellow Wagtail, 15 Swallow and a House Martin.

Counts from the estuary included two Curlew Sandpiper, 1418 Oystercatcher, 315 Redshank, 139 Ringed Plover, 50 Knot, 44 Dunlin, 41 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Sanderling, 12 Mediterranean Gull, seven Sandwich Tern, seven Grey Plover and a Whimbrel.

Wildlife News: A Golden-ringed Dragonfly was only the second of the year, there was also a noticeable arrival of Migrant Hawker.

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