Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday 17th September

Two Mistle Thrush briefly in Dead Dolphin Wood were the pick of the migrants, and the first of the year, with two Kestrel on Warren Point, four Wheatear, a Goldcrest, a Willow Warbler and a tailless Yellow Wagtail also on site. Overhead a second Yellow Wagtail, 30 Swallow and 20 Meadow Pipit.

Elsewhere the summer plumaged Red-throated Diver remains offshore and counts from the estuary included 30 Sandwich and two Common Tern, 30 Dunlin, 25 Ringed Plover, five Mediterranean Gull, four Greenshank, two Grey Plover, a Whimbrel and the Slavonian Grebe. 

 Kestrel ( juvenile male) - Alan Keatley

Cirl Bunting (juvenile male) - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The population of Sand Lizard now confined to Warren Point, seemed to be easy pickings for the two Kestrel today.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Saturday 16th September

The northerly winds saw an arrival of wildfowl with 112 Teal, 41 Wigeon and the first Shoveler of the autumn, also in the estuary 1351 Oystercatcher, a good count of 414 Redshank, 333 Curlew, 71 Dunlin, 64 Ringed Plover, 19 Knot, seven Greenshank, a Snipe and the Slavonian Grebe. Offshore there were 135 Common Scoter, 35 Sandwich and an Arctic Tern.

Overhead a good easterly passage of hirundines included 350 Swallow, 300 House and 10 Sand Martin, with the first two Skylark of the autumn,  just 18 Meadow Pipit and three Grey Wagtail. Elsewhere the first two Greylag Geese of the year were with Canada Geese, a Yellow Wagtail was on the Golf Course with 17 Chiffchaff, three Wheatear, two Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler also on site.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Friday 15th September

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with 240 Redshank and two Greenshank. Elsewhere a new Little Stint was with Dunlin in the Bight.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Thursday 14th September

Back to standard fayre today with only small flock of small waders in the Bight on a low high tide, counts included 27 Dunlin, 23 Ringed Plover, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, two Knot and a Sanderling. Offshore 120 Gannet, 92 Sandwich and 20 Common Tern, a Red-throated Diver and a Great Skua.

Wildlife sightings: A pod of c6 Bottle-nosed Dolphin and a Grey Seal were offshore. A dozen Red Admiral were around brambles feeding on the blackberries, with other butterflies on the wing including a few Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Small White, Peacock and a couple of Common Blue. Worryingly still no second generation Wall, hopefully the works on the Dune Ridge haven't done too much damage to the site's declining population.  Around the Main Pond five Common Darter, two Southern Hawker and a Emperor.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wednesday 13th September

An evening seawatch was looking uneventful with just six Common Scoter and five Kittiwake on the sea but just after 7pm a single Storm Petrel flew south and in the next 45 minutes at least 270 Kittiwake, four Common, an Arctic and Black Tern, a summer plumaged Red-throated Diver, a second Storm Petrel and best of all a single Leach's Petrel flew south.

Off Cockwood earlier the Slavonian Grebe was still present with 240 Redshank, eight Bar and three Black-tailed Godwit, a Knot, a Greenshank and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Wildlife News: A single Porpoise was off the seawall.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Tuesday 12th September

The fourth site record of Red-rumped Swallow flew east over the Bight at 9.10am, the first since May 2012 and the first autumn record. Also moving through 12 Swallow, 40 House and a Sand Martin, two Yellow and a Grey Wagtail. Elsewhere the Little Stint remains in the estuary with 204 Redshank, 128 Dunlin, 36 Sandwich, two Common and a Black Tern.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Monday 11th September

The strong winds were a bit too westerly to produce birds this far up Lyme Bay but the first hour of daylight saw 200 Gannet, a couple of Manx Shearwater, a Great Skua and a single Storm Petrel before things went quiet. Later in the day 170+ Redshank, 37 Mute Swan, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit and the Slavonian Grebe were off Cockwood and 30+ Sandwich and a Common Tern were offshore. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday 10th September

A Grey Phalarope around the Bight most of the morning was the highlight with other waders including the Little Stint, 137 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin, six Sanderling, five Common Sandpiper, three Knot and a Whimbrel. Tern numbers increased with a mix of birds in the estuary and passing south offshore, counts included 75 Sandwich, 21 Common, eight Black and two Arctic Tern; also offshore 50+ Kittiwake, single Great and Arctic Skua.

Elsewhere 18 Mediterranean Gull was a good count, the Bonaparte's Gull was reported and overhead there were 20+ Meadow Pipit, four Grey and three Yellow Wagtail.

Grey Phalarope - both Ian Teague

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Saturday 9th September

The Bonaparte's Gull was on groyne seven early evening after no sign earlier in the day. Also still present on site the Little Stint but in a smaller flock of 128 Ringed Plover and 93 Dunlin. Also in the estuary three Black, an Arctic, 42 Sandwich and 10 Common Tern, nine Mediterranean Gull, the Slavonian Grebe and two Osprey. Wader counts included 352 Redshank, 294 Curlew, eight Common Sandpiper, six Greenshank, six Bar and three Black-tailed Godwit, three Knot and two Whimbrel.

Elsewhere a Spotted Flycatcher was in Dead Dolphin Wood, three Sedge Warbler were around the site with 30 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap, seven Whitethroat, three Wheatear, three Willow, a Reed and a Garden Warbler. Overhead 45 House and two Sand Martin, four Grey and a Yellow Wagtail, a Swift and a Barnacle Goose.

 Black & Sandwich Tern - Simon Thurgood

 Little Stint, Dunlin & Ringed Plover - Simon Thurgood

Arctic and Sandwich Tern - Simon Thurgood

Friday, 8 September 2017

Friday 8th September

A moulting adult Bonaparte's Gull was reported around groyne 1 this morning, presumably the regular bird returning for a sixth winter, but there was no sign late afternoon. From the hide the Little Stint remained in the Bight with wader counts including 335 Redshank, 302 Dunlin, 143 Ringed Plover, nine Knot and two Whimbrel. Also in the estuary three Black Tern, eight Mediterranean and a Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Teal, 15 Wigeon and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Lesser Whitethroat, only the second of the year, was near the Dune Pond.