Saturday 30 October 2021

Saturday 30th October

A good late October both for birds and weather once the rain passed through early morning. A total of 80 species were recorded, with the highlight almost the last bird of the day, a Barred Warbler found in the bushes at the eastern end of the Buffer Zone. Other grounded migrants included seven Chiffchaff, three Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Bullfinch. Overhead 2,627 Wood Pigeon, 483 Jackdaw, 188 Starling, 57 Skylark, 54 Chaffinch, 16 Rook, eight Stock Dove, seven Siskin and a late Swallow.

Counts from the estuary included a new 2021 peak of 573 Black-tailed Godwit, 400 Wigeon, 400 Dunlin, 195 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 109 Turnstone, 90 Curlew, 80 Teal, 35 Ringed Plover, 23 Shelduck, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Pintail, eight Greenshank, six Sanderling, six Great-crested Grebe, four Red-breasted Merganser, three Mediterranean Gull, a Little Grebe and a Cattle Egret

Offshore 2022 Kittiwake S between 07:35 and 08:20 with 16 Gannet and five Common Scoter but it was quiet for the rest of the day. Elsewhere the Cetti's Warbler was at the Main Pond and a Jay and a Buzzard were in the bushes. 

Wildlife News: A relative abundance of insects still on the wing with Red Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood and an unexpected third brood Common Blue, a dozen Common Darter and two Migrant Hawker, an Ivy Bee, and several Buff-tailed Bumblebee and Common Carder Bee. At least 10 hoverflies were also on the wing including Batman Hoverfly Myathropa florea and the migrant Common Spotted Field Syrph Eupeodes luniger

Batman Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Apechthis compunctor - Alan Keatley

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