Sunday 31 May 2020

Sunday 31st May

May 2020 looks set to be the sunniest and driest in England on record, or at least since 1896.  It was another day of unrelenting bright sunshine made bearable by a cool light easterly breeze.  A visit to coincide with high tide discovered 35 watercraft pulled up between Finger Point and the end of Warren Point, which doubtless influenced the drop from 157 yesterday to only 14 Oystercatcher present today.  
Some of the 26 boats, 4 jet-skiis, 3 kayaks and 2 kite-surfers on Warren Point - Ivan Lakin 
Some respite from the disturbance was found in front of the bird hide and in the saltmarsh by eleven Whimbrel, nine Shelduck, eight Great Black-backed Gull, four Curlew, four each of Grey Plover, Dunlin and Black-headed Gull, two Little Egret, single Bar-tailed Godwit, Lesser Black-backed Gull and the Golden Plover was again in The Bight. 'Herbert' the Slavonian Grebe, in full summer plumage was in the estuary.

Shuffled about about tourists along the tideline, a flock of 25 Sanderling contained another 'Sanderbling', this one with a black flag and various colour-rings that revealed it was ringed on the Bijagos Archipelago in Guinea Bissau on 24 Nov 2018, about 2,800 miles away to the SSW; this was its first recovery.

Wildlife news: Brown Argus on Warren Point, two or three Emperor Dragonfly and a Broad-bodied Chaser over pools and ponds.

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