Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sunday 23rd October

A Merlin heading across the bay towards Orcombe Point mid morning was the highlight as the strong easterly wind removed any chance of vismig with just 17 Goldfinch and four Chaffinch overhead. Counts from the estuary included 1827 Wigeon, 392 Curlew, 363 Teal, 96 Brent Geese, 45 Dunlin, 21 Common Gull, a noticeable increase, 16 Shelduck, two Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Eider was off the seawall, a Buzzard was in the Entrance bushes with just three Chiffchaff and a Blackcap.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Saturday 22nd October

Counts from the estuary included 1420 Wigeon, 332 Curlew, 145+ Redshank, 97 Grey Plover, 58 Dunlin, 49 Knot, 33 Turnstone, three Mediterranean Gull, two Greenshank and two Snipe. Elsewhere the Eider and a Red-throated Diver were offshore, vismig included 118 Wood Pigeon, 22 Chaffinch, a Siskin, a Mistle Thrush and a late House Martin with four Chiffchaff, two Blackcap and a Coal Tit in the bushes.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday 21st October

Counts from the estuary included 1514 Oystercatcher, 114 Dunlin, 91 Grey Plover, three Mediterranean Gull, two Snipe and two Greenshank. Elsewhere two Red-throated Diver were offshore with a Pintail amongst 45 Common Scoter and vismig was limited to 13 Chaffinch, a Siskin and a Swallow.

Turnstone & Sanderling - Greg Bradbury

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thursday 20th October

Counts from the estuary included 1070 Wigeon, 563 Teal, 254 Curlew, 195 Redshank, 86 Grey Plover, 70 Knot, 50 Dunlin, 15 Bar and seven Black-tailed Godwit, three Mediterranean Gull and a Red-breasted Merganser. Elsewhere an Eider and 56 Common Scoter were offshore and 'vis-mig' overhead included 67 Skylark, 53 Starling, 18 Chaffinch, three Siskin, three Swallow and a Redpoll.

Wildlife News: a gull perched on the promenade struggling with a Garfish was an unusual site.  A few Red Admiral continued to fly SW.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wednesday 19th October

The recording area's second Little Bunting flew over calling early morning but otherwise vismig was quieter with 106 Goldfinch, 38 alba Wagtail, 22 Meadow Pipit, 20 Jackdaw, nine Chaffinch, seven Rook, three Swallow and single Bullfinch, Siskin, Redpoll and Stock Dove.  Other migrants included an increase to nine Chiffchaff with eight Reed Bunting and a lone Wheatear also on site. Elsewhere an Eider was offshore, 24 Shelduck were in the Bight, a Kingfisher was on the Main Pond and two Snipe were on the beach and offshore sandbars, flying around with a Sanderling.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tuesday 18th October

The first Goosander of the year flew south off the seawall early morning along with a single Merlin, 40 Gannet and a dozen mixed Guillemot and Razorbill, also offshore a Black-necked Grebe, a Red-throated Diver in full summer plumage and 43 Common Scoter with 1815 Herring Gull at low tide. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 67 Knot, 61 Grey Plover, 12 Sanderling, three adult Mediterranean Gull and a Sandwich Tern. New migrants were limited to a single Wheatear in Greenland Lake with 130+ Goldfinch, six Swallow and three Redpoll overhead.

Long-tailed Tit - Alan Keatley

Monday, 17 October 2016

Monday 17th October

A new site record of 3745 Wigeon were in Shutterton Creek with 492 Teal, 140 Brent Geese, three Red-breasted Merganser and a Pintail. Also in the estuary  240 Curlew, 222 Redshank, 41 Grey Plover, three Mediterranean Gull and a Greenshank. A Hawfinch heard overhead was the pick of this morning's vismig with 85+ Goldfinch, 60 Linnet, 28 alba wagtail, 20 Jackdaw, 16 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, two Redpoll, a Siskin, a Swallow and a Redwing also passing through. Elsewhere 90 Pied Wagtail were in a pre-roost gathering on the golf course and 90 Linnet were in the Bight.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Sunday 16th October

Counts from the estuary included 95 Grey Plover, 62 Dunlin, 37 Turnstone, 12 Sanderling, five Red-breasted Merganser and the Slavonian Grebe. Also in the river a presumed Baltic Gull was on Bull Hill, with five other Lesser and 124 Great Black-backed Gull (two of which were Norwegian ringed). Elsewhere a Merlin flew along the Dune Ridge, two Eider, a Great Northern Diver and an Arctic Skua flew south offshore and a single Siskin was overhead.

Baltic Gull - Lee Collins

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Saturday 15th October

A Curlew Sandpiper was in the Bight with 58 Dunlin and 16 Ringed Plover, with three Greenshank, three Black-tailed Godwit, two Pintail and a Common Tern in the estuary. Elsewhere two Coal Tit were in the Entrance Bushes and six Rook, six Jackdaw and a Buzzard were overhead.

Wildlife News: A late Meadow Brown was still on the wing with Migrant Hawker and Common Darter also still flying.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Thursday 13th October

Grounded migrants included 12 Chiffchaff, four Blackcap and a Greenland Wheatear, with 325 Goldfinch, 58 Siskin, 35 Meadow Pipit, 25 Swallow and four Redpoll overhead. Elsewhere wader counts from the estuary include 1294 Oystercatcher, 165 Redshank, 124 Dunlin, 82 Knot, 62 Grey Plover, four Greenshank and a Sanderling. Wildfowl number remain high with 1722 Wigeon, 693 Teal and 205 Brent Geese.