Saturday, 24 September 2016

Saturday 24th September

An eventful day kicked off with a 3-hour sea-watch which produced totals of 215 Gannet, 55 Common Scoter, 29 Kittiwake, six Razorbill, five Sandwich Tern, three Common Tern, and two each of Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater and Manx Shearwater; all south  A Storm Petrel flew into the bay and a Black Tern showed well offshore for a while, before giving up its battle with the stiff southerly wind and disappeared north.  An inshore dark phase Arctic Skua was a rare sight in having commenced inner wing moult.

Too windy for bushes and overhead passage, noted were only three Swallow, two Rook, single Stock Dove, Raven, Grey Wagtail and a Goldcrest.

On the lunchtime neap high tide around, mostly around The Bight, totals were 517 Dunlin, 337 Curlew, 250+ Great Black-backed Gull, 82 Knot, 138 Ringed Plover, 54 Grey Plover, 49 Brent Goose, 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Sanderling, 15+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, four adult-winter Mediterranean Gull, four juv Curlew Sandpiper, three Black-tailed Godwit and single juv Little Stint and Greenshank.  A flock of 110 Linnet flitted among the roosting waders.  Spooked by incessant kite-surfer activity, displaced wildfowl swelled numbers sheltering in the estuary corner to 1,710 Wigeon, 344 Teal and four Pintail.


At 11:30, a juvenile presumed American Herring Gull flew low across The Bight with other gulls, over the spit and then coasted SW out of sight.  Despite it's distinctive appearance, with relatively short flight only views, identification could not be verified.  A gull of similar appearance on Bull Hill last Wednesday evening offers a glimmer of hope of a return.

Saturday 24th September

An eventful day kicked off with a 3-hour sea-watch which produced totals of 215 Gannet, 55 Common Scoter, 29 Kittiwake, six Razorbill, five Sandwich Tern, three Common Tern, and two each of Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater and Manx Shearwater; all south  A Storm Petrel flew into the bay and a Black Tern showed well offshore for a while, before giving up its battle with the stiff southerly wind and disappeared north.  An inshore dark phase Arctic Skua was a rare sight in having commenced inner wing moult.

Too windy for bushes and overhead passage, noted were only three Swallow, two Rook, single Stock Dove, Raven, Grey Wagtail and a Goldcrest.

On the lunchtime neap high tide around, mostly around The Bight, totals were 517 Dunlin, 337 Curlew, 250+ Great Black-backed Gull, 82 Knot, 138 Ringed Plover, 54 Grey Plover, 49 Brent Goose, 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Sanderling, 15+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, four adult-winter Mediterranean Gull, four juv Curlew Sandpiper, three Black-tailed Godwit and single juv Little Stint and Greenshank.  A flock of 110 Linnet flitted among the roosting waders.  Spooked by incessant kite-surfer activity, displaced wildfowl swelled numbers sheltering in the estuary corner to 1,710 Wigeon, 344 Teal and four Pintail

At 11:30, a juvenile presumed American Herring Gull flew low across The Bight with other gulls, over the spit and then coasted SW out of sight.  Despite it's distinctive appearance, with relatively short flight only views, identification could not be verified.  A gull of similar appearance on Bull Hill last Wednesday evening offers a glimmer of hope of a return.
 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Friday 23rd September

A Grasshopper Warbler showed well by the Dune Pond early morning but other migrants were limited to 18 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap, three Wheatear, a Reed Warbler and the first Goldcrest of the autumn. In the Bight four Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint remain with 398 Dunlin, 84 Ringed Plover, 70 Knot, 30 Grey Plover and 24 Sanderling, with an Osprey, 175 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Pintail and the Slavonian Grebe also in the estuary.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Thursday 22nd September

Numbers of birds in the estuary continue to increase with 830 Wigeon, 81 Brent Geese and 57 Grey Plover, along with two Little Stint, single Curlew Sandpiper, 24 Sanderling, four Mediterranean Gull, a Common Sandpiper and a Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere migrants included 16 Chiffchaff, seven Blackcap and two Wheatear. More local migrants combined to produce a rare six corvid day on site with seven Raven, two Rook and two Jackdaw overhead and two very vocal Jay in Dead Dolphin Wood.

Grey Plover - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday 21st September

Another evening look from Cockwood steps showed a Curlew Sandpiper, the Slavonian Grebe, 23 Brent Geese, a Greenshank, 170 Great Black-backed and a Mediterranean Gull.

Wildlife News: A Common Seal was on Bull Hill.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tuesday 20th September

An evening look off Cockwood steps showed 23 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, four adult Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. No other news was received.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was on Bull Hill.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday 19th September

Three Curlew Sandpiper and three Little Stint remain in the estuary with 431 Dunlin, 129 Ringed Plover, 24 Grey Plover, 24 Sanderling, 23 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 10 Pintail, two Mediterranean Gull and two Sandwich Tern. Elsewhere grounded migrants were limited to three Wheatear.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sunday 18th September

A probable Citrine Wagtail flew low past the hide towards The Bight at 10:50, but could not be relocated.  It was clearly heard calling by two regular observers, but on that alone, the easternmost forms of yellow wagtails could not be ruled out.  

On the high tides, c.305 Dunlin, 286 Redshank, 135 Ringed Plover, 57 Knot25 Sanderling21+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Grey Plover, 3 Greenshank, 3 Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper. In the estuary with the wildfowl, single Greylag Goose and Shoveler.  Lots of Wigeon and 28 Brent Goose in off the sea.  Also at sea, 20 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, an Arctic Skua far out chased Kittiwakes and a Great Crested Grebe.

Overhead passage was very light today with 31 Swallow, 10+ Meadow Pipit, two Jackdaw, two Yellow Wagtail and two Grey Wagtail.  The bushes held 11 Chiffchaff, five Blackcap, four Wheatear and single Jay, Coal Tit, Whinchat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and a Reed Bunting.

Wildlife News: a regular sight at dusk recently, two Fox wandered the golf course and car park.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Saturday 17th September

Wildfowl numbers continue to climb with the first 14 Pintail of the autumn with 582 Wigeon, 112 Teal and a lone Shoveler. Wader counts included 1402 Oystercatcher, 339 Curlew, 336 Dunlin, 205 Redshank, 112 Ringed Plover, 38 Knot, 16 Grey Plover, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, two Curlew Sandpiper and single Ruff, Greenshank and Little Stint. Also in the estuary a Kingfisher, four Mediterranean Gull, 13 Sandwich and a Common Tern

Kingfisher - Alan Keatley
 
Elsewhere a juvenile Great Northern Diver flew over the spit and continued far up the estuary, a second Kingfisher was on the Main Pond, 40 Meadow Pipit, four Grey and a Yellow Wagtail were overhead, 15 Manx Shearwater were offshore and a Whinchat, 17 Chiffchaff, eight Wheatear, three Whitethroat, three Willow, a Reed and a Sedge Warbler were around site.

Wildlife News: Good numbers of Common Darter, Southern and Migrant Hawker were around site with a noticeable influx of Silver Y.

Silver Y - Alan Keatley

Friday, 16 September 2016

Friday 16th September

A Dark-bellied Brent Goose was in the estuary with 283 Dunlin, 17 Sandwich Tern, 15 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Grey Plover, three Curlew Sandpiper, two Little Stint and a Shelduck.

Wigeon - Dave Jewell