Friday 21 July 2023

Friday 21st July

An influx of Mediterranean Gull was a feature of the day with at least 120 birds, a count of 80 birds contained a welcome 37 juveniles, conversely there were only 20 juvenile Black-headed Gull within c350 birds.

Mediterranean Gull (juvenile) - Lee Collins

Records from the estuary included the first Shelduck for several weeks, with counts of 168 Redshank (nine juveniles), 49 Dunlin, 48 Sanderling, 25 Whimbrel, 13 Ringed and four Grey Plover, seven Greenshank, just six Sandwich Tern, four Turnstone, two summer plumaged Knot, single Bar and Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Knot - Lee Collins

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