Sunday 22 August 2021

Sunday 22nd August

Seawatching early morning saw at least 241 Balearic Shearwater south in just over an hour, a new site record, with another c40 shearwater sp further out also likely to be this species. This is between 1-2% of the global population and the absence of seawatching conditions indicates this was a feeding movement, highlighting the importance of Lyme Bay for the survival of this species. 

In the estuary the first autumn Osprey lingered for 10 minutes mid morning with a juvenile Ruff in the Bight another first for the season. Counts included 345 Redshank, 320 Curlew, 230 Dunlin, 190 Ringed Plover, including one ringed in Belgium, 12 Whimbrel, nine Sanderling, eight Greenshank, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, six adult Mediterranean Gull, four Turnstone and three Teal.

Elsewhere migrants included four Wheatear and single Sedge and Willow Warbler

Wildlife News: Autumn Lady's-tresses are now coming into flower in Greenland Lake with the appearance, after the recent rain, of Blackening Waxcap and Brown Roll-rim further indicators of the change of season.

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