Saturday 3 September 2022

Saturday 3rd September

The highlight was a juvenile/first winter Caspian Gull on Finger Point with 23 Great Black-backed Gull. The 11th site record but the fourth this year and the earliest ever record.

Caspian Gull - both David Flack

Also in the estuary the Spotted Redshank, 365 Curlew, 350 Redshank, 245 Ringed Plover, 111 Dunlin, 28 Sandwich Tern, 23 Sanderling, 19 Bar and four Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Wigeon, five Greenshank, two Knot, two Whimbrel, a Shelduck and an adult male Osprey.

Elsewhere a Balearic Shearwater flew south offshore with 78 Gannet, three Mediterranean Gull and an Arctic Skua, a Common Sandpiper was on the sea wall, the first three Tree Pipit of the year finally flew over, along with 70 Swallow, 50 House and a Sand Martin, four Meadow Pipit, two Grey Wagtail and two Great Spotted Woodpecker. Grounded migrants included a Reed Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, four Blackcap and single Wheatear and White Wagtail.

Wildlife News: Sea Daffodil is flowering on Warren Point, the recent Mediterranean weather clearly to its benefit.

Sea Daffodil - Alan Keatley

Today's weather was less suitable and reduced the numbers of insects on the wing although Plain-faced Dronefly Eristalis arbustorum and Common Twist-tail Sphaerophoria scripta were noted.

Sphaerophoria scripta - Alan Keatley

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