Monday 18 April 2022

Monday 18th April

The first Sedge Warbler of the year was the pick of a slight uptick in migrants with six Wheatear and five Swallow on site, both species watched coming in off the sea, Just the one Whitethroat is currently holding territory, hopefully many more to arrive. Non passerine migrants included three individual Red Kite head east along with four Rook.

Offshore a probable Arctic Tern flew distantly south with a couple of Kittiwake, 57 Manx Shearwater and four Red-throated Diver flew east and five Great-crested Grebe, two Common Scoter and a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver on the sea.

Counts from the estuary included 239 Oystercatcher, 42 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Whimbrel, 13 Sandwich Tern, seven Grey and four Ringed Plover, seven Redshank, six Dunlin, Snipe and Teal, three Turnstone, two Sanderling and two Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Other records included two second summer Mediterranean Gull south out of the estuary, at least 16 Shelduck and the first two Common Sandpiper of the year on the seawall. Offsite 12 Cattle Egret flew north from Cockwood valley and a loose flock of 10 Jay flew along Eastdon ridge before heading high east over estuary. 

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was in the estuary, five species of butterfly included Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell and two Small Copper, a shoal of 62 Rudd were in the Main Pond and at least one Sand Crocus was still in flower. 

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