Monday 8 June 2020

Sunday 7th June

Multiple visits over a nearly 15-hour period boosted the day list to a respectable 61 species.  An Osprey flew over high northwest, returned for a while then headed towards Haldon at 08:42. Not recorded here in June before 2002 this constitutes the sixth record in that month.  As has happened so many times before, presence of this imposing raptor was given away by startled Oystercatcher and the circling flock of 232 set off a chain reaction that involved other waders, of which present were 20 Ringed Plover, 15 Curlew, 12 Sanderling, four Whimbrel, two Bar-tailed Godwit and the lonesome summer-plumage Golden Plover still.  The resident Slavonian Grebe was looking resplendent in the estuary corner.

Further up the estuary, large flocks of gulls foraged and of those that entered the recording area were 33 Black-headed Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull, the first here in about a month.

At sea, a summer plumage Great Northern Diver close offshore, 15+ Gannet, eight Manx Shearwater, a few Kittiwake and single Guillemot, Fulmar and Lesser Black-backed Gull passed. Small pulses of Swift and single figures of Swallow flew southwest.   

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