Wednesday 20 September 2023

Wednesday 20th September

The remnants of Hurricane Lee delivered an excellent sea passage with 12 Cory's Shearwater the main highlight, just the fifth record. Supporting cast included up to 20 Storm Petrel, but numbers difficult to judge in the swell. Balearic Shearwater were constantly on the move with 423 recorded during the 3 and quarter hours seawatch from 7am. Gannet also moved in numbers with over 400 counted, accompanied by 20 Arctic  and two Pomarine Skua, two Common and a Black Tern, two Common Scoter and a Fulmar

After the seawatch, the high tide was covered with counts from the estuary including 380 Wigeon, 174 Dunlin, 94 Ringed Plover, 60 Knot,12 Sandwich and two Common Tern, five Sanderling, four Shelduck, two Grey Plover, two Mediterranean Gull and single Curlew Sandpiper, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Pintail and Whimbrel.

Knot - Alan Keatley

The Spoonbill was riding out the tide and weather on Finger Point. A walk back through the reserve was quiet with the bushes blown out with just a single migrant, a Chiffchaff, noted.

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