Monday 29 August 2022

Monday 29th August

Highlight was a site record count of the critically endangered Balearic Shearwater, with 287 east after first light, between 6.30 - 7.45, along with 60 Gannet, five Common Scoter and two Fulmar. the previous record was 271 on 22 August last year.

A juvenile Osprey was again in the estuary flushing everything from the Bight, it disappeared for a bit but then came back setting everything up again before eventually landing on Finger Point, possibly the first grounded record on site. Its presence meant the Dunlin and Ringed Plover counts were incomplete. 

Osprey - David Flack

Roosting on the Railway Saltmarsh there were 421 Curlew, 305 Redshank, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, six Greenshank, five Whimbrel, two Knot and the Spotted Redshank. Also in the estuary 18 Sandwich Tern, seven Black-tailed Godwit on Bull Hill and two Mediterranean Gull.

Elsewhere three Grey and a Yellow Wagtail were overhead. a Kingfisher was at the Main Pond, and migrants included 13 Chiffchaff, six Blackcap, five Wheatear, three Whitethroat, three Reed, two Willow and a Sedge Warbler.

Wildlife News: A long overdue first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year was in Greenland Lake with over 20 Rush Veneer and a Clouded Yellow also present.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth - David Flack

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