Friday 4 November 2022

Friday 4th November

Another excellent day in the field with over 80 species recorded, the only downside the lack of cloud cover meaning most passerine migrants no doubt passed high overhead unheard and unseen. The clear skies did however mean pigeons were on the move, with at least 34,500 Woodpigeon over west during the day, with most (27,000) before 9am. The vast majority headed across the bay with distant dense flocks and lines looking like wisps of smoke with the naked eye.

Also overhead two Marsh Harrier, a 1st yr male at 8.30 and a 3rd yr male at 9.10, continuing the record year for the species, 300 Starling, 70 Skylark, 20 Chaffinch, 15 Rook, nine Jackdaw, five Lapwing, four Mistle Thrush, four Lesser Redpoll, two Siskin and single Golden Plover, Buzzard, Fieldfare and Redwing

In the bushes, the Yellow-browed and Willow Warbler remained around the Main Pond, the former remaining very elusive, two Cetti's Warbler and a Kingfisher also there, a Wheatear on the beach and 75 Linnet in the Bight.

Counts from the estuary included 570 Dunlin, 252 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 214 Redshank, 118 Teal, 110 Curlew, 47 Shelduck, 39 Ringed and 23 Grey Plover, 31 Bar and four Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Cattle Egret, 10 Greenshank, eight Knot and single Pale-bellied Brent Goose and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Wildlife News: A late Small Copper was on the wing with a Painted Lady, three Common Darter, two Red Admiral, a Peacock and a Hornet.

Painted Lady - Andrew Thorpe

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