Saturday 12 August 2023

Saturday 12th August

Seawatching early morning saw two Balearic Shearwater head south along with 185 Gannet, 25 Kittiwake and an Arctic Skua with 35 Common Scoter and the Great Northern Diver on the sea. 

Migrants on site included an early Goldcrest, six Whitethroat, three Willow and two Garden Warbler, a Wheatear and a Kingfisher at the Main Pond. Overhead at least six Swift.

Counts from the afternoon high tide included 997 Oystercatcher, 196 Redshank, 157 Ringed Plover, 105 Dunlin, 41 Whimbrel, 36 Great Black-backed and 17 Mediterranean Gull, 13 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 11 Greenshank, five Bar-tailed Godwit, five Sanderling, the four Grey Plover and two Turnstone.

Other Wildlife: A Wasp Spider in Greenland Lake was a welcome discovery after an apparent absence last year. Few insects were on the wing but both Migrant and Southern Hawker were at the Main Pond. Elsewhere a Grey Seal was in the estuary.

Wasp Spider - David Flack

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