Monday 30 October 2023

Monday 30th October

A significant amount of damage overnight the whole length of seaward-facing dunes, with more exposed geotube below the Golf Course. One of the highest tides of the year on Wednesday night coincides with the forecast arrival of Storm Ciaran, further significant damage is anticipated.

The first hour of light saw a single Balearic Shearwater and Great Northern Diver head SW with 49 Kittiwake and 35 Gannet. There was more movement overhead with 4595 Woodpigeon WSW along with 92 Jackdaw and 15 Stock Dove. Limited passerine movement with largely clear skies but two Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll were noted with a Song Thrush dropping out of the sky into the scrub.

Other grounded migrants included a Wheatear on the seawall, eight Chiffchaff and a notable flock of 65 Greenfinch around Greenland Lake. Elsewhere the Dartford Warbler was on the Golf Course with a ♂ Shoveler and two Water Rail at the Main Pond and in the Entrance Bushes, a Bullfinch and a Coal Tit

An immature ♀ Scaup in the estuary was a new arrival, with three Spoonbill again dropping in Shutterton Creek on the ebbing tide. Counts included 1100+ Wigeon, 556 Dunlin, 247 Dark and 36 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 56 Teal, 24 Ringed Plover, seven Greenshank, two Mediterranean Gull and the Whimbrel.

Other Wildlife: A Common Darter at the Dune Pond was the only active dragonfly with three Red Admiral and a Painted Lady heading SW the only butterflies. Yesterday's Grey Squirrel was in the Entrance Bushes.

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