Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Tuesday 2nd November

A still and sunny morning saw large numbers of birds on the move overhead, but the lack of cloud cover meant many smaller passerines were missed or left unidentified passing high over site. Totals heading west included 25,520 Wood Pigeon, with 72 Stock Dove, although both counts are no doubt lower than the actual number of birds moving, also 534 Jackdaw, 74 Skylark, 48 Rook, five Siskin, a Grey Wagtail, a Buzzard and a Golden Plover. Heading east at least 33 Chaffinch, two Bullfinch and the first two Brambling of the year with small groups of 20-40 Greenfinch, Linnet and Goldfinch on the move around the site.

Grounded migrants included a good count of 15 Stonechat, seven Chiffchaff, five Song Thrush, three Goldcrest, two Coal Tit that moved east along the spit and a Blackcap. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 155 Black-tailed Godwit, 110 Teal, 95 Turnstone, 14 Greenshank and an adult Mediterranean Gull, with 40+ Cattle Egret just offsite flying down Cockwood valley.

Wildlife News: At least a dozen Red Admiral flew west with five Common Darter and a Common Carder Bee still on the wing and a few Field Grasshopper still active. Fungi remain obvious around site with Collared Earthstar out on Warren Point. 

Collared Earthstar Geastrum triplex

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