Sunday 10 September 2023

Sunday 10th September

The overnight rain, followed by a sea mist that kept temperatures down, gave an autumnal feel to proceedings matched by the birds with a Spotted Flycatcher in Dead Dolphin Wood the pick of the migrants. Also on site eight Chiffchaff, three Blackcap and three Wheatear, with three White Wagtail in the Bight, a Kingfisher at the Main Pond and a juvenile Osprey that flew southwest. 

Two juvenile Little Stint were the pick of the monthly WeBS with the juvenile Little Ringed Plover still present and a Spotted Redshank on the dropping tide. Counts included 1622 Oystercatcher, 285 Redshank, 183 Ringed Plover (93+ juv), 65 Dunlin, 52 Great Black-backed Gull, 50 Mute Swan, 32 Sanderling (30 juv), 12 Greenshank, eight Bar-tailed Godwit, five Mediterranean Gull, three Whimbrel, two Knot, two Wigeon and two Sandwich Tern.

Other Wildlife: The second Clouded Yellow of the year, briefly in the Back Meadow, was one of nine butterfly species on the wing. Numbers of both Migrant and Southern Hawker increased notably with at least 30 hawkers recorded.

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