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

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