Sunday 18 September 2022

Sunday 18th September

A typically elusive Wryneck was on Warren Point mid morning but soon went to ground. This species has now occurred annually since 2013, something that can't be said for other migrants such as Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher, and so far this year, Redstart. 

Other grounded migrants included 25 Chiffchaff, eight Blackcap, two Reed Warbler, two Goldcrest and single Wheatear and Whitethroat. Overhead there were 16 Meadow Pipit, 12 Swallow, five Grey and a Yellow Wagtail, four House Martin, three Jackdaw, two Rook, two Chaffinch and a Siskin.

Counts from the estuary included 401 Curlew, 260 Redshank, 95 Wigeon, 83 Ringed and three Grey Plover, 69 Teal, 38 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Dunlin, eight Greenshank, seven Turnstone, six Sanderling, two Knot and a Curlew Sandpiper. Also present the juvenile Osprey, four Mediterranean Gull, a  Kingfisher and just one Sandwich Tern.

Elsewhere 31 Common Scoter were offshore and the first returning Water Rail was at the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: The nationally scarce Dune Jumper Marpissa nivoyi was rediscovered on Warren Point on the shore f the Bight. It had been feared lost following storms in late 2019, when much of its habitat was washed away. The first Vestal of the year was in Greenland Lake.

Dune Jumper - Kevin Rylands

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