Monday 6 November 2023

Monday 6th November

Another morning of overhead movement, with 6530 Woodpigeon WSW, although quite a condensed passage, with them 46 Starling, 17 Jackdaw, 15 Stock Dove and two Rook. With so much food on offer a ♂ Goshawk was active offsite, before circling over estuary.  The lack of low cloud meant smaller migrants passed unseen/heard with just 13 Chaffinch, four Lesser Redpoll and three Siskin.

Numbers in the estuary were lower over the neap tide with many birds sitting it out on Cockle Sands. The juvenile Spoonbill and Curlew Sandpiper were both still present and counts included 280+ Wigeon, 146 Redshank, 82 Dark and 36 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 38 Ringed Plover, 26 Teal, 20 Knot, six Great Crested Grebe, two adult Mediterranean Gull and a ♀ Pintail.

Elsewhere five Chiffchaff and four Goldcrest were on site with two Great Northern Diver and 22 Common Scoter offshore with a pair of Eider off Langstone Rock.

Other Wildlife: Six Red Admiral were seen moving east with three Common Darter sunning themselves on fencing around Skipper Meadow. Other flying insects were largely restricted to the few remaining Ivy flowers with two species of social wasp and three hoverflies amongst other various fungus and blowflies. 

Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax - Kevin Rylands

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