Wednesday 1 September 2021

Wednesday 1st September

The highlight was a large movement of Common Tern with a minimum of 645 birds counted into the estuary, with them at least seven Arctic and 17 Sandwich Tern. This is only the 3rd year in 45 that there has a count of >500, and is the highest September count since 1961. Interestingly of a sample of 338 birds, 90% were juveniles. 

Also from the seawall, the first Black Tern since Aug 2019 headed east early afternoon, up to nine Balearic Shearwater, two Arctic Skua, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and a Great Northern Diver

Elsewhere a juvenile Purple Sandpiper on the beach with 33 Sanderling was a good find and counts from the estuary, on a very low high tide, included 42 Sandwich Tern, 37 Ringed Plover, 21 Knot (20 juveniles) and 19  Black-tailed Godwit all juveniles

Purple Sandpiper - both Lee Collins

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