Friday 14 July 2023

Friday 14th July

An afternoon visit for the high tide coincided with the morning's rain finally moving through. Offshore three Great Skua were the highlight, an overdue first for the year, following the devastation of poultry flu at breeding colonies last summer. At least five Arctic and three Pomarine Skua were also offshore harrying Kittiwake, with five Manx and a Balearic Shearwater south, and 45 Common Scoter and the immature drake Eider also present.

In the estuary at least 40 Mediterranean Gull, with counts including 83 Redshank, 63 Dunlin, eight Greenshank, six Sandwich and three Common Tern, six Turnstone, six Whimbrel, three Grey and three Ringed Plover, an adult Little Ringed Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

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