Monday 31 August 2020

Bank Holiday Monday 31st August

A reasonable tally of 72 species were recorded today. The woods, scrub and reed-beds supported 12 Chiffchaff, six Blackcap, five Whitethroat, two Reed Warbler, single Great Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Dove and Sparrowhawk; at least 70 House Sparrow emerged from a shrubby roost next to the main car park and 60 Starling roamed the site, as well as did c.60 Linnet, 16 Goldfinch, ten Stonechat, six plus Greenfinch and four Cirl Bunting.

Overhead, mostly of movement northeast involved c.30 Swallow, 16 House Martin, two Sand Martin and three Grey Wagtail.  Also three Buzzard drifted over during the hottest part of the day.

Along the beach were 37 Sanderling and out on the sandbars on the ebbing morning tide, c.1,425 Herring Gull, 17 Cormorant and 64 Sandwich Tern, of which a similar number returned in the evening and included the 2018 Ynyslas ringed bird KJB not seen here for a few weeks. On the evening tide arrived c.800 Oystercatcher, c.425 Dunlin including one arctica type, 289 Curlew, 237 Redshank, 179 Ringed Plover, 70+ Knot, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Teal, seven Greenshank, seven Little Egret, five Turnstone, three each of Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull and Mediterranean Gull; a juv Common Tern, a Shelduck, a Whimbrel, a Kingfisher, the Slavonian Grebe, a juv Curlew Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Grey Heron and yesterday's juv Little Stint still.
Offshore 22 Common Scoter plus the long-staying male still in the estuary; ten Gannet, a few Kittiwake and an immature Great Northern Diver.

Wildlife news; a Grey Seal offshore. One or two each of Clouded Yellow, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral.

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