Friday 20 October 2023

Friday 20th October

Five juvenile Spoonbill roosting on Finger Point were the highlight, they then briefly dropped into Shutterton Creek after a couple of exploratory circuits, before flying up river, appearing to land in Powderham Park. 

Spoonbill - Alan Keatley

Also in the estuary the Green-winged Teal or hybrid with 164 Teal75 Dark and 29 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were counted in the Bight but Wigeon numbers were low after the peak midweek. Wader counts remain similar to recent days, identical in the case of Dunlin, with little sign of new arrivals, roost counts included 315 Curlew, 285 Redshank, 46 Turnstone, 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank, a Sandwich Tern and the same single Knot and Whimbrel.

Little movement overhead but 33 Skylark, 10 Chaffinch and single Mistle ThrushGreat Spotted Woodpecker and Swallow were noted with eight Goldcrest, four Chiffchaff and two late Wheatear on site, with the Dartford Warbler again making an appearance.

Elsewhere the first Greylag Goose of the year flew south down the estuary with 10 Canada Geese; and offshore 48 Gannet and 18 Kittiwake S in 40 minutes with four Eider, two ♂ two ♀, and four Common Scoter on the sea.

Other Wildlife: A slow SW passage of Red Admiral saw 30+ through during the day, with Speckled Wood the only other butterfly on the wing. Also still active at least four Migrant Hawker and a couple of Common Darter. 

No comments:

Post a Comment