Sunday 2 July 2023

Sunday 2nd July

A welcome sight was the first two Roseate Tern of the year amongst a massive feeding flock that included minimum counts of 1125 Herring Gull, 320 Black-headed Gull, 169 Mediterranean Gull (111 ad, 10 2nd/3rd summer & 48 1st summer), six Sandwich and Common Tern. This flock was disturbed by an ignorant jet-skier that went straight through the obvious spectacle.

Also out to sea, two Balearic and 14 Manx Shearwater, 51 Gannet, four Common Scoter and two Great Crested Grebe. The Eider was again on the breakwater off Langstone Rock.

Counts from the estuary included 207 Curlew, 22 Redshank, eight Whimbrel, five Turnstone, three Black and two Bar-tailed Godwit, three Grey and two Ringed Plover, two Greenshank, a lone Dunlin and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Elsewhere at least 85 Linnet were on site with six Sand Martin and five Swift passing through.

Black-tailed Skimmer - Alan Keatley

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