Friday 22 March 2024

Friday 22nd March

A ♂ Wheatear was newly arrived on the Dune Ridge, with a ♂ Blackcap in Dead Dolphin Wood and eight Chiffchaff on site. The first Red-legged Partridge of the year was flushed up from Dune Ridge before gliding across Greenland Lake, right in the 'migration' period for this species on site. 

A singing Meadow Pipit on Warren Point was hopefully not a migrant unlike the two over SW, also heading SW, two Grey Heron, one far offshore, another overland early morning.

Counts from the estuary included 209 Oystercatcher, 122 Curlew, 93 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 59 Turnstone, 27 Redshank, 12 Teal, 11 Greenshank, the nine Eider, eight Bar-tailed Godwit, six Sanderling, four Red-breasted Merganser, a Ringed Plover and no Dunlin.

Offshore two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver flew SW with four Sandwich Tern in the bay and three Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver, three Great Crested Grebe and two Common Scoter on the sea.

Year list addition:

118. Red-legged Partridge

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