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.
Roseate Tern - Dave Jewell
Common Tern - Dave Jewell
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.
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