Wednesday 11 October 2023

Wednesday 11th October

Seawatching for 1.5 hours early morning saw a Balearic Shearwater, two Arctic Skua, 563 auk sp., 167 Gannet, 105 Black-headed Gull and 15 Kittiwake head south with the two drake Eider offshore. All the auks close enough to identify were Razorbill

In the estuary counts over the high tide included 347 Wigeon, 320 Redshank, 296 Curlew, 271 Teal, 197 Dunlin, 78 Ringed and three Grey Plover, 54 Great Black-backed Gull, 51 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 24 Bar and four Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Turnstone, 10 Greenshank, eight Sanderling and three Sandwich Tern. A late juv Yellow-legged Gull was on Bull Hill as the tide dropped.

Elsewhere the year's first Mistle Thrush paused briefly at the Cuckoo's Nest with the first Merlin (fem/imm) heading over the Entrances Bushes a short while later. There was little else moving overhead with two Redpoll and single figure counts of, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Skylark and Siskin

Cirl Bunting - Dave Jewell One of nine on site today

Grounded migrants included 10 Chiffchaff, four Goldcrest and a Blackcap, a Song Thrush along the Dune Ridge may have been new in as were some of the high count of 15 Stonechat.

Other Wildlife: Migration still in action with both Clouded Yellow and Hummingbird Hawkmoth in Greenland Lake. 

Clouded Yellow - Lee Collins

Hummingbird Hawkmoth - Lee Collins

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