Sunday 31 October 2021

Sunday 31st October

The Barred Warbler remained all day attracting a steady stream of admirers, and at times quite obliging. It was watched feeding on small insects, wasps, rosehips, apples and Honeysuckle berries, so had no shortage of food.

Barred Warbler - both Dave Land

Other migrants were thin on the ground in the blustery conditions, with four Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest with 72 Redwing, 16 Skylark and two Stock Dove overhead.

Records from the estuary included a late Little Stint, eight Pintail and six Pale-bellied Brent Geese with counts including 509 Dunlin, 462 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, just one juvenile, 42 Shelduck, 37 Grey and Ringed Plover, 26 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshank, 10 Great-crested and a Little Grebe, eight Sanderling, three adult Mediterranean Gull, a Knot and a sinensis Cormorant

Offshore a Merlin S early morning with 263 Kittiwake, 80 Gannet, 13 Razorbill, 10 Guillemot and a Great Northern Diver.

Wildlife News: The recent rain has brought out an abundance of fungi, with large numbers of Blackening Waxcap and Cinnamon Navel in Greenland Lake, Blushing Milkcap by the Entrance Bushes and and Brown Birch Bolete by Main Pond show of the more distinctive species. Wood Mouse was sharing an apple tree with the Barred Warbler at one stage, with another hiding under a traffic cone in the Car Park. 

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