Monday 31 October 2022

Monday 31st October

Seawatching from first light revealed two Velvet Scoter flying around the bay, they evidently left east unseen soon after. Also passing offshore, a Balearic Shearwater, 460 Gannet, 236 Kittiwake, 24 Common Scoter, three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver.

In the estuary, a late Little Stint and two Curlew Sandpiper in the Bight and 35 Cattle Egret off Cockwood. Counts included 748 Dunlin, 694 Oystercatcher, 386 Teal, 322 Black-tailed Godwit, 322 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 281 Redshank, 82 Turnstone, 76 Great Black-backed, 44 Common and three Mediterranean Gull, 50 Grey and 43 Ringed Plover, five Great Crested Grebe and a Pintail.

Elsewhere only the second Jay of the year was on the Golf Course with 10 Chiffchaff, eight Goldcrest and a Blackcap in the bushes.

Wildlife News: A very late Southern Hawker was the first confirmed record this year so was perhaps a migrant? Also on the wing three Common Darter and a Red Admiral.

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