Tuesday 21 July 2020

Tuesday 21st July

Similar weather conditions and similar routine to yesterday with the estuary receiving most of the attention where high tide counts were 351 Curlew, 257 Oystercatcher, which included the return of '9C', the distinctive partial leucistic bird ringed here on 29 Oct 2018 and last reported here on 17 Jan 2020. 

Clouds numbering thousands of mostly smaller gulls were seen half way up the east side of the estuary and only modest numbers were within the recording boundary where c.215 Black-headed Gull with a few Mediterranean Gull were mixed in. In the 87 Sandwich Tern, 'KJB' made its first appearance of the autumn. Ringed at Ynyslas, Ceredigion on 12 Aug 2018, it was seen here on two days in Aug 2018 and stayed for an 11-day stay in Sep 2019.  This is not to be confused with the regular bird 'KDB', also ringed in Wales, and seen here a few days ago.

Also 135 Redshank66 Dunlin (one juv), 28 Canada Goose, 18 Whimbrel and 16 Mute Swan with the Slavonian Grebe in attendance; 15 Ringed Plover, eight Common Tern (four juv), four Greenshank, three Turnstone, three Sanderling, two Bar-tailed Godwit and one Black-tailed Godwit and an unseasonal Golden Plover.  An unringed adult Roseate Tern was a new bird and was probably the 11th individual since 5th July.

A Kingfisher flew up into Eales Dock, three Stock Dove along the edge of the railway embankment was a typical place to see them; a Yellow Wagtail was on the golf course and young Rock Pipits were in front of the hide.  The softer calls of juveniles is a potential pitfall and again noted today can be highly reminiscent of littoralis or even other Anthus taxa.

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