Saturday 22 July 2023

Saturday 22nd July

The arrival of wind and rain saw plenty of attention paid to the sea during the day with a large shearwater species very distantly offshore just after 10am, along with counts all heading south, of 300 Kittiwake, 75 Gannet, 40 Manx and four Balearic Shearwater, 10 juvenile Mediterranean Gull, at least three juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, three Arctic Skua and a drake Tufted Duck.

In the estuary counts included 545 Oystercatcher, 277 Curlew, 141 Redshank, 55 Whimbrel, 35 Sanderling, 21 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 20 Dunlin, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Turnstone, 10 Ringed and four Grey Plover, seven Greenshank, three Bar-tailed Godwit, three Common Sandpiper, at least two further juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, a site record, two Knot and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Yellow-legged Gull - Lee Collins

Ringing News: A metal ringed Mediterranean Gull from Belgium was in the Bight and a juvenile Curlew from Wiltshire in the estuary. The increase in Oystercatcher has been reflected with over 20 returning adults from the Exe Estuary scheme.

Other Wildlife: The damp and windy weather again put pay to any flying insects, but a few species could be found sheltering amongst the Marram, including another Dune Jumper and a Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus on the Dune Ridge. Also new for the year was the cranefly Nephrotoma flavipalpis in Dead Dolphin Wood.

Phytocoris varipes - Alan Keatley

Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus - Alan Keatley

Nephrotoma flavipalpis - Alan Keatley

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