Saturday 31 July 2021
Friday 30 July 2021
The first Balearic Shearwater of the year flew south early morning with four Manx Shearwater with 10 shearwater sp too distant to identify. Also passing a dark phase Arctic Skua, an Arctic, 30 Sandwich and six Common Tern, 30 Kittiwake, 25 Gannet, 18 Common Scoter, 11 Swift, five Fulmar and a Mediterranean Gull.
Thursday 29 July 2021
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Counts from the estuary on the evening tide included an autumn record 71 Whimbrel, 28 Sanderling, 17 Ringed and two Grey Plover, 10 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Greenshank, six Bar-tailed Godwit, just six Sandwich Tern, four Dunlin and two Common Tern. Offshore 16 Common Scoter and eight Manx Shearwater.
Sunday 25 July 2021
The first juvenile Yellow-legged Gull of the year was offshore with 40 Sandwich and nine Common Tern and 27 Mediterranean Gull feeding in the estuary or offshore. Also in the estuary 268 Curlew, 130 Dunlin, 72 Sanderling, 27 Whimbrel, 16 Ringed Plover, seven Greenshank, three Turnstone, two Bar-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper and the first Snipe of autumn.
Further signs of passage overhead with 17 House and four Sand Martin, eight Swift and four Swallow.
Saturday 24 July 2021
A new unringed Roseate Tern was the highlight with 27 Common but just 36 Sandwich Tern. The rapid decline of Sandwich Terns on site is matching by declining breeding success of the Straight Point Kittiwake colony, a lack of available food is the likely cause. The same lack of small fish has impacted on the Bass nursery offshore, all no doubt the result of the failed beach recharge scheme.
Also in the estuary 226 Curlew, 21 Ringed Plover, 19 Dunlin, 14 Turnstone, 13 Whimbrel, 11 Mediterranean Gull, three Common Sandpiper, three Bar-tailed Godwit, two Greenshank, two Knot and a Little Ringed Plover. Elsewhere 33 Sanderling were on the beach, 72 Swift, 10 Swallow, three Sand Martin and, more unusually, 14 Raven were overhead.
Friday 23 July 2021
The early morning tide saw an increase in waders with counts including 304 Curlew, 77 Dunlin, 54 Sanderling, a high autumn count of 37 Whimbrel, two Grey and two Ringed Plover and single Black and Bar-tailed Godwit. Also in the estuary 44 Sandwich Tern, 10 Mediterranean and three Common Gull, including the first juvenile.
Out to sea 21 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Kittiwake, six Lesser Black-backed Gull were part of a large feeding flock of gulls.
Wednesday 21 July 2021
A morning visit saw a flock of eleven Sand Martin fly through quickly, but a group of 35 Sanderling feeding on the beach were not in such a hurry. The tide was out, but in the estuary there was a gathering of at least nine Mediterranean Gull of various ages and up to 35 Sandwich Tern coming and going.
Wildlife News: The first Sycamore Piercer Pammene aurita for the Recording Area was found near the railway, moth 684 for the Warren.
Other insects active in the high temperatures included the first Willow Mason-wasp Symmorphus bifasciatus of the year, a Wool Carder Bee continuing to guard the Lamb's-ear and evidence of migration with a steady steam of Small White and a few Red Admiral.
Following last winter's erosion of much of the Desert and part of Warren Point it was good to see a display of Sea Holly recovering on the remaining beach.
Sunday 18 July 2021
The first juvenile Wheatear of the autumn was on Warren Point, with a juvenile Siskin and a Willow Warbler in the bushes further evidence in the change of seasons. The Nuthatch and Coal Tit were also still present with 15 Sand Martin, 14 Swallow and six Swift overhead.
Elsewhere nine Common Scoter were offshore and 32 Sandwich and five Common Tern were in the estuary with 16 Dunlin, seven Sanderling and the Little Ringed Plover.
Wildlife News: The first Beewolf of the year were on the wing with good numbers of Little Flower Bee and Hairy-saddled Colletes and the sand wasp Ammophila sabulosa.
Also on the wing 13 species of butterfly including Ringlet, Common Blue and Red Admiral; and six dragonflies including Small Red-eyed Damselfly and Golden-ringed Dragonfly.
Saturday 17 July 2021
Counts from the estuary included a Little Ringed, four Grey and three Ringed Plover, 356 Curlew, 60 Redshank, 35 Sandwich and seven Common Tern, 29 Dunlin, 26 Whimbrel, eight Mediterranean Gull, four Knot, two Sanderling, a Greenshank and a Turnstone.
Elsewhere the second Nuthatch of the year was in the Entrance Bushes and the summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver was off Langstone Rock
Wildlife News: The first Wool Carder Bee Anthidium manicatum for the Recording Area were on the Lamb's-ear near the Go-karts, with Hairy-saddled Colletes Colletes fodiens, Coastal Leafcutter Megachile maritima and Little Flower Bee Anthophora bimaculata also active in the hot weather.
The first Marbled White of the year was one of 15 butterfly species recorded including Small Skipper, Comma and Ringlet with seven dragonfly species including Small Red-eyed Damselfly on the Main Pond, a Black-tailed Skimmer and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly. Large numbers of Marsh Helleborine are in flower across the site and Meadow Vetchling was rediscovered after an absence of over 30 years.
Thursday 15 July 2021
An Arctic Tern flew into the estuary early morning with 35 Sandwich and three Common Tern, including the first two juveniles, and the first juvenile Mediterranean Gull. Wader counts included 298 Curlew, 210 Oystercatcher, nine Whimbrel, seven Dunlin, two Ringed Plover, two Black and a Bar-tailed Godwit.
Elsewhere the summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was off the seawall and a Coal Tit was in the Entrance Bushes.
Wildlife News: The first Common Darter of the year was on the wing along with a female Black-tailed Skimmer and a male Broad-bodied Chaser in Greenland Lake.
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Three Little Ringed Plover were in the Bight with 21 Dunlin, a Knot and a Grey Plover, also in the estuary 12 Sandwich and a Common Tern were roosting on Finger Point and six Mediterranean and 52 Black headed Gull, 215 Curlew and three Greenshank in Shutterton Creek. Elsewhere a Tawny Owl was in the Entrance Bushes.
Wildlife News: A female Black-tailed Skimmer was on Warren Point and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly was in Greenland Lake.
Monday 12 July 2021
Sunday 11 July 2021
Two Roseate Tern were in the estuary most of the day with 33 Sandwich and two Common Tern; also present 283 Curlew, 70 Redshank, 24 Dunlin, 17 Mediterranean Gull, five Greenshank, five Whimbrel, four Ringed Plover, including the first juvenile, the juvenile Little Ringed Plover, three Bar-tailed Godwit, two Grey Plover and a Sanderling.
Offshore a subadult Pomarine Skua, 30 Common Scoter, 20 Kittiwake, two Great-crested Grebe and two Great Northern Diver.
Elsewhere 30 Swift and a juvenile Peregrine were overhead and a Common Sandpiper was on the seawall.
Friday 9 July 2021
Counts from the estuary included 238 Oystercatcher, 232 Curlew, 32 Redshank, 22 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 18 Dunlin, eight Bar-tailed Godwit, six Mediterranean Gull (4 ad & two fs) and four Grey Plover.
Wildlife News: Insects recorded today included two new Minute Black Wasp Diodontus minutus, a Wall Brown and female Broad-bodied Chaser and along the Back Path, the first adult Great Green Bush-cricket.
Thursday 8 July 2021
Wednesday 7 July 2021
The three Little Ringed Plover remained over the evening high tide with other counts including 40 Sandwich and two Common Tern, 14 Dunlin, six adult Mediterranean Gull, four Grey and a Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. Elsewhere the summer plumaged Great Northern Diver remains offshore.
Tuesday 6 July 2021
Monday 5 July 2021
Sunday 4 July 2021
Saturday 3 July 2021
Counts from the high tide included 199 Curlew, 179 Oystercatcher, four Grey Plover, two Bar-tailed Godwit and two Whimbrel, with a Stock Dove in the Railway Saltmarsh.
Elsewhere the summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver was offshore with 79 Black-headed and two Mediterranean Gull (1st sum and an adult), 25 Sandwich Tern, 15 Common Scoter and 13 Gannet. In the bushes fledged Cirl Bunting and Blackcap with a fledged Rock Pipit along the seawall.