Sunday 21 May 2023

Sunday 21st May

Around 70 species recorded today, aside from a few early surprises, much the same species and individuals as recent days. Seawatching saw a fully-spooned, pale phase Pomarine Skua south, two Arctic Tern east, the first of the year, and a Hobby north all before 6.30. Also offshore four Great Northern Diver south, the seven Eider and four Common Scoter.

Aside from a Willow Warbler by the Main Pond, a brief Cuckoo on Warren Point was the only migrant. The latter was singing and fed briefly, but with the first Brown-tail caterpillars only just emerging there was little to reason to linger.

Elsewhere the pair of Shelduck again visited the Main Pond, four Swift, 11 Swallow, seven House and a Sand Martin were overhead and counts from the estuary included 169 Oystercatcher, 40 Sanderling (including the Orkney 'Sanderbling' still), 36 Dunlin, 29 Ringed and four Grey Plover, 16 Curlew, 12 Turnstone, fours of Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and Sandwich Tern and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

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