Saturday 23 March 2024

Saturday 23rd March

Some light overhead N-NE passage this morning with 27 Black-headed, 10 Common and a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 21 Woodpigeon, a flock of 20 Sand Martin, 12 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, five Chaffinch, three Meadow Pipit and single Pied Wagtail and Jackdaw. Also moving four immature Mute Swan flew SW down coast.

Counts from the estuary included 94 Curlew, 79 Dark and six Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 55 Redshank, 46 Turnstone, 27 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Oystercatcher, 12 Teal, 11 Knot, eight Eider, five Sanderling, five Grey Plover, five Greenshank, four Red-breasted Merganser and just three Dunlin.

Elsewhere eight Sandwich Tern, seven Great Crested Grebe, two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore, a Cetti's Warbler was in brambles beside the Back Path at end of Dead Dolphin Wood, presumably the same elusive bird last recorded on 1st February, seven Chiffchaff were on site and two Wheatear were in The Bight.

Other Wildlife: A torpid Speckled Wood was warmed up and eventually took to the wing during a sunny spell.

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