Saturday, 2 October 2021

Saturday 2nd October

Seawatching was busy first thing but numbers dropped after 9,30 however a seven hour watch tallied a site record 1439 Kittiwake south (1127 in the first hour), the first Sooty Shearwater of the year, a Grey Phalarope, five Balearic and a Manx Shearwater, 1250 Black-headed Gull, 170 Gannet, 31 Sandwich Tern, 30 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Arctic and a Pomarine Skua, 18 Guillemot, 18 Common Gull, 14 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, nine Common Scoter, three Razorbill, two Grey Plover and single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver.

Counts from the estuary included 978 Wigeon, 273 Redshank, 200 Teal, 168 Dunlin, 97 Great Black-backed Gull, 52 Turnstone, 49 Mute Swan, 46 Ringed Plover, 19 Sandwich Tern, 19 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 14 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank, 10 Mediterranean Gull, three Knot, two Kingfisher, the Snow Goose with 206 Canada Goose, a Whimbrel and a Great-crested Grebe.

Elsewhere at least eight Chiffchaff, two Blackcap, a Reed Warbler and a Wheatear were on the Golf Course and overhead 28 Swallow, 42 House and three Sand Martin.

Wildlife News: A couple of two foot high Sunflower were discovered on Finger Point.

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