Sunday 30 August 2020

Sunday 30th August

On the rising tide around The Bight were 692 Oystercatcher, 409 Dunlin, 122 Ringed Plover, 73 Knot (the largest August count here since 2011), 35 Sandwich Tern, half of the eight Bar-tailed Godwit, eight Cormorant, seven Turnstone, six juv Curlew Sandpiper, four Sanderling, and four Snipe  oddly; also a juv Little Stint (only the 2nd record of the year), a juv Yellow-legged Gull and a juv Lesser Black-backed Gull.

A moulting adult Bar-tailed Godwit had multiple colour-rings and an orange-flag.  It was ringed as an adult at Réserve Naturelle de Moëze-Oléron, which is located about halfway down the Atlantic coast of France, on 16 May 2018.  The same bird was then frequently seen at Dawlish Warren 01 Jun - 08 Sep 2018.

On and near Railway Saltmarsh and in the estuary corner, 362 Curlew, 147 Redshank, 20 Mute Swan, ten Little Egret, six Greenshank, six Common Gull, four Mediterranean Gull, three Grey Heron, a Whimbrel and the Slavonian Grebe.

Other migrants noted today were at least 11 Swallow, six Wheatear and three Whitethroat.

Wildlife news: singles of Clouded Yellow, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral

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