Saturday 20 April 2024

Saturday 20th April

An adult Spoonbill was on Bull Hill early morning before flying up estuary on the dropping tide, with other arrivals in the estuary including 94 Dunlin, 69 Ringed Plover, 32 Whimbrel, 23+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Black-headed and 14 Common Gull, 17 Sanderling and a Moorhen circling The Bight!

Also in the estuary 23 Sandwich Tern, 15 Pale and 11 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, seven Eider, five Redshank and four Grey Plover. Offsite 60+ Pale-bellied were flushed off Cockle Sands joining other flocks further north. 

The first Reed Warbler of the year was at the Main Pond with other migrants including four Wheatear, three Whitethroat and two Willow Warbler with three Rook, two Siskin, a Jackdaw and a Sand Martin overhead.

Wheatear - Dave Jewell

An hour 15 min seawatch early morning saw 42 Gannet head SW with four Fulmar, four Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver.

Year list addition:

141. Reed Warbler

Other Wildlife: The first Green-veined White of the year was on the wing with at least three Orange-tip and two Peacock. A third Green-winged Orchid is now in flower, again one seen last year.

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