Sunday 4 September 2022

Sunday 4th September

Seawatching early morning saw the first Sooty Shearwater of the year south along with 67 Gannet, 29 Sandwich and 20 Common Tern, 26 Dunlin, 12 Manx and eight Balearic Shearwater, 10 Teal, six Kittiwake, four Fulmar, three Arctic Skua, two Common Scoter, two Mediterranean Gull and a Ringed Plover. A shorter afternoon watch saw two Arctic Skua, two Little and an Arctic Tern and two Mediterranean Gull.

Counts from the estuary included 987 Oystercatcher, 301 Curlew, 296 Redshank, 143 Dunlin, 131 Ringed Plover, 54 Great Black-backed Gull, 21 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 14 Teal, 10 Knot, seven Greenshank, two Whimbrel, two Sanderling and single Grey Plover, Wigeon, Great Crested Grebe, Mediterranean Gull and Curlew Sandpiper.

Peregrine with an ex-Exmouth Feral Pigeon - David Flack

Elsewhere a Willow Warbler was in the bushes with five Blackcap and five Chiffchaff, with a Common Sandpiper on the sea wall and a Grey Wagtail overhead.

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