Saturday 30 September 2023

Saturday 30th September

A largely overcast early autumn day saw quantity sprinkled with quality with a total of 87 species recorded. Offshore still large numbers of Kittiwake and other gulls feeding with at least 10 Arctic Skua in attendance, 16 Balearic Shearwater south and single Eider and Red-throated Diver on the sea.

Overhead movement became more apparent as the cloud cover dropped with totals of 137 Meadow Pipit, 31 House Martin, 17 Swallow, 15 Skylark, three Rook, two Grey and a Yellow Wagtail, two Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll. Grounded migrants included 12 Chiffchaff, six Blackcap, three Goldcrest and single Whitethroat and Wheatear. Elsewhere the first Little Grebe and Water Rail of the autumn were on the Main Pond with a mobile Kingfisher.

Two Osprey were in the estuary with three Curlew Sandpiper and the Little Ringed Plover in the Bight. Other counts included 280 Curlew, 88 Ringed Plover, 81 Dunlin, 53 Pale-bellied and 30 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 41 Knot, 36 Sandwich and two Common Tern, 32 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Turnstone, 15 Greenshank, 11 Mediterranean and the 2cy Little Gull.

Other Wildlife: Six Common Lizard were seen basking during occasional sunny spells with six species of butterfly including Red Admiral and a Painted Lady. Other migrants included two Vestal and a Rush Veneer

Painted Lady - Alan Keatley

Vestal - Lee Collins

Elsewhere a Harbour Porpoise was offshore and three Grey Seal were on Bull Hill.

Giant Willow Aphid & Hairy Shieldbug - Alan Keatley 

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