Sunday 14 April 2024

Sunday 14th April

Few seabirds moving offshore early morning but a ♀ Garganey flying E with six Common Scoter just after 7am was a welcome surprise, also from the seawall at least five Great Northern and five Red-throated Diver on the sea with 18 Sandwich and a Little Tern feeding off the estuary mouth. 

A moulting ♂ Ruff that joined the mixed wader roost on Finger Point over high tide was the second new species for the year. Also in the estuary counts of 207 Oystercatcher, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Whimbrel, 10 Dark and seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese, seven Eider, six Grey & three Ringed Plover, five Redshank, and threes of Dunlin, Knot and Sanderling 

Elsewhere at least 16 Wheatear and a Willow Warbler were on site, with migrants overhead including four Swallow, four Rook and singles of Jackdaw, Sparrowhawk and Siskin.

Wheatear - Martin Overy

Year list additions:

138. Garganey
139. Ruff

Other Wildlife: Single Orange-tip and Peacock were on the wing and the first Early Purple Orchid for the Recording Area was discovered in flower. The ninth orchid species recorded on site, a few days after one species disappeared, the Pyramidal Orchid colony on Warren Point was lost to the sea.

Early Purple Orchid - David Flack

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