Thursday 31 August 2023

Thursday 31st August

Counts from the estuary over a wet morning high tide included 62 Ringed and seven Grey Plover, 51 Knot, 36 Mute Swan, 23 Sanderling, 15 Wigeon, nine Whimbrel, six Sandwich and four Common Tern, five Turnstone and a Bar-tailed Godwit.

A brief look offshore after the rain didn't turn up any seabird passage and the bushes were quiet, with migrants on site including 60 Goldfinch, four Blackcap, two Willow Warbler and single Whitethroat and Wheatear with eight Swallow and two House Martin passing through. 

Kestrel - Alan Keatley

A singing Cirl Bunting and the male Kestrel were along the Back Path.

Cirl Bunting - Alan Keatley

Other Wildlife: A surprise and unexpected find today, the Chalk Snail-killer Dichetophora obliterata. It can also be found in sand dunes despite its name, with few records from the southwest. 

Chalk Snail-killer - Alan Keatley

A bright spell into the afternoon turned up a few butterflies, mostly Small Copper and Small White, with at least four Migrant Hawker also on the wing.

Migrant Hawker - Alan Keatley

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