Sunday 7 April 2024

Sunday 7th April

Seawatching for two hours 15 mins early morning saw the following head SW, 216 Kittiwake, 152 Gannet, 46 Guillemot, 35 Fulmar, seven Manx Shearwater, six Whimbrel, three Great Northern and three Red-throated Diver and a pale phase Pomarine Skua, although also identified as an Arctic. 

Also offshore during the day the first two Little Tern of the year, two Great Northern Diver, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull and a Peregrine unsuccessfully hunting terns. 

Counts from the estuary over the high tides included 240 Oystercatcher, 43 Sandwich Tern, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 31 Redshank, 21 Turnstone, 21 Dark and 12 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Knot, eight Grey Plover, seven Eider, five Red-breasted Merganser, five Great Crested Grebe, four Whimbrel and single Dunlin and Greenshank. Just outside the Recording Area, the Spotted Redshank again roosted in Cockwood Harbour.

Elsewhere five Swallow flew through and two Wheatear were on site, one of which was of the Greenland race - leucorhoa.

Year list additions:

134. Pomarine Skua
135. Little Tern
        Greenland Wheatear 

Other Wildlife: An adult Slow-worm, the first since 2021, was found on the estuary bank. Unfortunately it had clearly been recently attacked but escaped by dropping its tail. 

Slow-worm - Lee Collins

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