Saturday 15 October 2022

Saturday 15th October

Seawatching early morning saw six Balearic Shearwater head south along with 220 Gannet, two Arctic and a Skua sp, c2,900 Razorbill, c170 Guillemot; based on 3388 auks S in total, with those identified 95% Razorbills; and 24 Common Scoter.

The early conditions were not conducive to significant vis mig with 35 Meadow Pipit, 32 Pied and a Grey Wagtail, eight Rook five Jackdaw, four Siskin, four Swallow and a late House Martin through and later in the day, 103 Skylark west.
In the estuary two different first winter Caspian Gull were on Finger Point over high tide, the first multiple record, with them 53 Great Black-backed Gull and feeding in the river, 775 Black-headed and seven Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull - Dave Jewell

Other counts included 507 Wigeon, 500+ Teal328 Redshank, 190 Curlew147 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, including 42 juveniles, indicating a much needed positive breeding season; 115 Dunlin, 24 Ringed and nine Grey Plover, 14 Greenshank, 12 Shelduck, eight Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, six Sandwich Tern, two Knot and two Kingfisher.

In the bushes, another first multiple record with two Cetti's Warbler on site, one calling at the Main Pond and the other singing in Dead Dolphin Wood. Also around the bushes, 90 Goldfinch, 15 Greenfinch, 15 Chiffchaff, eight Cirl Bunting, four Goldcrest and single Blackcap and Bullfinch.

Wildlife News: Not great weather for flying insects but two new groundbugs for the Recording Area were discovered, both widespread species, Peritrechus geniculatus and Scolopostethus thomsoni.

Peritrechus geniculatus - Alan Keatley

Scolopostethus thomsoni - Alan Keatley

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