Monday 20 July 2020

Monday 20th July

Temperatures doubled from a chilly 110C at dawn aided by clear blue skies and summer sunshine. Up to 122 Sandwich Tern assembled on Finger Point, including 41 juveniles, joined by five Common Tern and a fs Arctic Tern.  Roosting on Railway Saltmarsh were most of the 368 Curlew, 125 Redshank, 13 Whimbrel and two Greenshank.  Swimming beside the railway embankment were 11 Mute Swan and the Slavonian Grebe; four Teal were in the estuary corner, and around The Bight were 268 Oystercatcher, 82 Dunlin (one juv)33 Sanderling, six Ringed Plover, two drab Knot and a Turnstone.

After many years of innumerable dips, one regular observer managed at last to catch up with Redstart, which appeared to be the same juvenile in the same place as seen two days ago; this species can be surprisingly elusive here.

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