Saturday 21 October 2023

Saturday 21st October

 Goshawk that caused panic on the estuary as it appeared from the west before heading back to the mainland was a clear highlight, just the fourth Warren record and the first since Nov 2010. 

The five juvenile Spoonbill roosted in the saltmarsh with four feeding in the Bight on the dropping tide. Counts from the estuary including; 560 Wigeon340 Redshank189 Dunlin162 Teal39 Ringed and four Grey Plover21 Shelduck16 Greenshank, a Knot and a ♂ Common Scoter.

Spoonbill - Alan Keatley

Offshore six Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and a ♂ Eider were on the sea, with 121 Gannet, two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver S in 1.5 hours on the seawall. 

Elsewhere the first Jack Snipe of the autumn was flushed near the Entrance Bushes, with single Siskin and Lesser Redpoll still present along with five Goldcrest, three Chiffchaff and two Blackcap. Overhead 155 Woodpigeon65 Jackdaw, four Chaffinch, four Swallow, two Rook and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Other Wildlife: A few insects continue to search out the remaining flowering Ivy with a couple of Ivy Bee and a selection of hoverflies including Marmalade Hoverfly, Common Dronefly Eristalis tenaxSlender Melanostoma M. scalare, Humming Syrphus S. ribesii and White-clubbed Glasswing Scaeva pyrastri. A few Red Admiral were still going through.

Ivy Bee - Alan Keatley

Marmalade Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Common Dronefly - Alan Keatley

Humming Syrphus - Alan Keatley

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