Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Wednesday 12th May

Records from a very wet evening tide included three Little Tern and a summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver offshore, with counts from the estuary including 20 Whimbrel, 14 Ringed Plover, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, one a French ringed bird returning for its third Spring, 11 Turnstone, four Dunlin, three Dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Sanderling and a Grey Plover

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Tuesday 11th May

Two Great Northern Diver were off the seawall this evening with a strong auk passage, mostly Guillemot. No obvious migrants but breeding birds in full swing with fledged Stonechat, Greenfinch and Little Grebe all noted, with the Little Grebe nesting building for their next brood.

Counts from the estuary and beach included 28 Whimbrel, 21 Sanderling, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, two Dunlin, two Grey Plover and single Curlew, Knot and Ringed Plover.

Wildlife News: The evening sunshine saw a welcome increase in insect activity including the first Blotch-winged Hoverfly Leucozona lucorum for the Recording Area, along with Big-thighed Pipiza Pipiza austriaca, Cream-spot Ladybird, Green Longhorn Adela reaumurella and Common Groundhopper. An Orange-tip egg was found on Cuckoo Flower in the Back Meadow and a Water Vole was on the Main Pond. 

Blotch-winged Hoverfly

Monday, 10 May 2021

Monday 10th May

An evening seawatch confirmed the continuing dearth of skuas despite large numbers of Kittiwake and Herring Gull feeding distantly offshore. Also present a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver with 40+ Gannet, 28 Guillemot, 20 Manx Shearwater, 10 Sandwich Tern and a Fulmar south. On the seawall three Turnstone and 15 Dunlin, including a BTO ringed bird, details awaited. 


Sunday, 9 May 2021

Sunday 9th May

Another day of Spring migration but, aside from the waders, it wasn't clear which where new arrivals or lingers from yesterday's fall. Around the site there were a dozen Whitethroat, two Sedge and a Garden Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat and four Wheatear.

Offshore counts included 101 Kittiwake, 38 Gannet, just eight Sandwich Ternthree Mediterranean Gulltwo Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver, two Common Scoter and a Manx Shearwater.

A summer plumaged Purple Sandpiper on the evening tide was a surprise highlight, the first May record since 2005, however numbers of other waders were much lower than the morning tide. Counts included 225 Dunlin, 58 Sanderling, 51 Whimbrel, 18 Shelduck, 13 Ringed Plover, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, four Turnstone, two Dark-bellied Brent Geese and single Curlew, Knot and Grey Plover

Dark-bellied Brent Geese

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Saturday 8th May

A very wet and windy start with conditions improving only slightly during the day. Seawatching early morning was disappointing despite the south easterly wind direction with two Great Northern Diver, 18 Common Scoter and just three Sandwich Tern, although auks were moving south in numbers.

The weather had however dropped in some welcome passerine migrants all keeping low in the conditions. The highlight were at least seven Spotted Flycatcher, the second highest site count after 14 on 20/05/1996. with just two previous counts of six (01/05/1983 & 09/05/2000). They were not the only arrivals though with a Cuckoo singing first thing, the first Tree Pipit and three Sedge Warbler of the year, two Wheatear, a Whinchat, four Willow and a Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat. Overhead just 35 Swallow, seven House and two Sand Martin and two Swift

Waders also arrived overnight with counts of 233 Dunlin, 48 Sanderling, 34 Turnstone, 15 Ringed Plover and 12 Whimbrel

Friday, 7 May 2021

Friday 7th May

A Garden Warbler in Dead Dolphin Wood was one of the few fresh migrants on site with the Lesser Whitethroat still present and a Wheatear on the Golf Course. 

Counts from the estuary included 71 Dunlin, 21 Sanderling, 19 Ringed and a Grey Plover, 14 Whimbrel, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, four Turnstone and a Knot. Elsewhere just five Sandwich Tern were offshore. 

Wildlife News: Two new hoverflies for the Recording Area were found today both around the Crocus Compound; Buff-tailed Bear Hoverfly Croirhina floccosa and Big-thighed Pipiza Pipiza austriaca.

Buff-tailed Bear Hoverfly Croirhina floccosa - Alan Keatley

Big-thighed Pipiza Pipiza austriaca - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Thursday 6th May

Wader counts included a minimum of 104 Whimbrel and 10 Sanderling on the beach with 33 Dunlin, six Bar-tailed Godwit, four Knot and four Ringed Plover in the estuary. Elsewhere a Wheatear was on the Point and offshore there were 12 Sandwich Tern, three Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Tuesday 4th May

Seawatching saw another Hobby head south offshore along with a Kestrel, 11 Arctic and a Little Tern but just six Sandwich Tern and 12 Manx Shearwater. On the beach seven Sanderling, two Whimbrel, one of which was ringed in Iceland, and a Dunlin.

Dunlin - Ben Lucking

Monday, 3 May 2021

Monday 3rd May

With the change in weather seawatching was the order of the day, this produced the first Arctic Tern of the year along with the third Hobby of the Spring. Other counts included six Great Northern Diver, 90 Kittiwake, 44 Gannet, 30 Manx Shearwater, 30 Guillemot, 20 Fulmar, 15 Sandwich and a Common Tern, eight Common Gull, four Swallow, three Common Scoter and single Whimbrel, Dunlin, Sanderling, Great-crested Grebe and Wheatear

Whitethroat - Ben Lucking

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Sunday 2nd May

The first Garden Warbler of the year showed a few migrants are still arriving but they were otherwise limited to single Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Wheatear on the Point. The Lesser Whitethroat was still along the Back Path.

Garden Warbler - Ben Lucking

Counts from the estuary included 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Dunlin11 Shelduckeight Curlew, five Whimbrel, four Grey Plover, two Turnstone and a Knot. Elsewhere just five Sandwich Tern were offshore and a Great Northern Diver flew east.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Saturday 1st May

The highlight was the first Lesser Whitethroat of the year in song along the Back Path most of the day, but other migrants were at a premium with five Wheatear but other species all seemed to be birds on territory. Overhead 75 Swallow, seven House and a Sand Martin, two Swift, 20 Goldfinch and 12 Jackdaw.

Counts over the high tide included 216 Oystercatcher, 25 Dunlin, 17 Whimbrel, 11 Knot, six Grey and four Ringed Plover, six Sanderling, five Turnstone and single Bar-tailed Godwit and Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Elsewhere a Great Northern Diver was offshore with 15 Sandwich and two Common Tern and two Great-crested Grebe.

Wildlife News: With the dry Spring the short turf is looking very parched but the recent rain has seen a flush of growth if not yet flowers. Species that were in flower near the Main Pond included Subterranean and Bird's-foot Clover, Bird's-foot, Lesser and Slender Trefoil. In Greenland Lake both Small and Common Adder's-tongue have now emerged. 

Subterranean Clover - Matt Knott

Bird's-foot - Matt Knott

Small Adder's-tongue - Matt Knott