Sunday 20 August 2023

Sunday 20th August

Seawatching first thing saw four Balearic Shearwater, 68 Gannet, 31 Kittiwake and two Fulmar, with 26 Common Scoter on the sea. Overhead, 13 Swallow, a Swift and a Yellow Wagtail, with a Wheatear the only other migrant noted.

The highlight of the monthly WeBS count was a typically brief Green Sandpiper that circled calling, landed, but soon flew off SE. Other records included 1172 Oystercatcher, 244 Redshank, 138 Curlew, 125 Ringed Plover, 25 Dunlin, 16 Whimbrel, seven Greenshank, seven Mediterranean Gull, six Black and three Bar-tailed Godwit, just three Sandwich Tern, twos of Knot, Sanderling and Turnstone, and single Little Ringed and Grey Plover, an early Wigeon and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

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