Thursday 12 October 2023

Thursday 12th October

Large numbers of birds foraging offshore included 10 Balearic Shearwater, 225 Kittiwake, 32 Gannet, three Arctic Skua, two adult Mediterranean Gull, the two ♂ Eider and a Sandwich Tern.

Wildfowl numbers are beginning to increase with counts of 467 Wigeon, 417 Teal, 94 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose in the estuary. With them over high tide 344 Redshank, 276 Curlew, 227 Dunlin, 57 Ringed and a Grey Plover, 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Greenshank, two Knot and a Sanderling. A single ♂ Ruff and the Spotted Redshank last reported on 16 Sep were also present over the evening tide.

An Egyptian Goose that flew over the spit and headed down the coast early morning was shaping up to be the exotic of the day, but it was trumped by the year’s first Red-legged Partridge on the Golf Course early evening.

Also overhead today c25 Meadow Pipit, 13 Goldfinch, three Chaffinch, two SkylarkJackdaw and Rook and single Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Golden Plover and Snipe. Grounded migrants included five Siskin and four Lesser Redpoll in the Entrance Bushes, two Wheatear, a Coal Tit, the injured Whitethroat and the first Bullfinch since 18 Feb.

Other Wildlife: The same shoals that attracted in seabirds also fed at least two Common Dolphin and the first Atlantic Blue-finned Tuna of the year. Fewer flying insects but 20+ Red Admiral and a Painted Lady were still noted.

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