July  2005

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Unfortunately the original July 2005 sightings page was lost. Thanks to all those observers who have submitted records to help reconstruct this page.


Sunday 31st:


Mediterranean Gull, four Common Tern, 80+ Sandwich Tern, two Arctic Skua, Common Sandpiper, 1000 Curlew, 20+ Whimbrel and Marsh Tit


Saturday 30th:


20+ Common Scoter, 180+ Sandwich and four Common Tern, Arctic Skua, 679 Curlew, 300+ Dunlin, 275 Sanderling, 170+ Ringed Plover, 120 Redshank, 28 Whimbrel, four Bar Tailed Godwit, two Turnstone, Knot, Wheatear



Friday 29th:


Roseate Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern, Little Stint, six Knot, three Grey Plover, 200+ Sandwich Tern, Arctic Skua ( on beach )



Thursday 28th:


The first Little Stint of the year, a juvenile, was in the Bight with large numbers of other waders minimum counts were 500+ Dunlin and 200+ Ringed Plover also 17 Whimbrel and Arctic Skua



Tuesday 26th:


Two Manx Shearwater flew south, 40 Common Scoter were offshore with 73 Kittiwake 160+ Sandwich Tern were on site with nine Common Tern four in front of the hide.  The Arctic Skua was in front of the hide and at Warren point, the Peregrine continues to panic the waders of which there were 150+ Dunlin 70 Sanderling
50 Ringed Plover, seven Turnstone, five Knot, six Little Egret and 429 Curlew. 26 Canada Geese flew northeast over the Bight.


Monday 25th:


The Marsh Tit remained around Dead Dolphin Wood, with at least five Reed Warbler.  In the estuary wader numbers are beginning to build with 448 Curlew, 182 Dunlin, 100 Redshank,  65 Sanderling, 28 Ringed Plover and 14 Whimbrel.  Also present were two Bar-tailed and one Black-tailed Godwit and a single Greenshank. 139 Sandwich and two Common Tern were either on the Bight or fishing offshore with 107 Kittiwake and a single Razorbill, these flocks were harried by a single Arctic Skua. Other records included a Peregrine, two Shelduck, five Grey Heron, six Little Egret, 91 Great and two Lesser Black-backed Gull. Nine Canada Goose on the Golf Course are the family party from the Main Pond with a 100% fledging success rate.


Sunday 24th:


The first Balearic Shearwater of the year flew west mid-afternoon; also two Great Skuas, two Arctic Skua, adult Mediterranean Gull and Marsh Tit.


Saturday 23rd:


72 Shag, 49 Common Scoter and five Arctic Skua were offshore with a fourth Arctic Skua on the beach, the skuas were harassing the flock of 105 Sandwich Tern many of which were feeding offshore. In the estuary there were 80 Dunlin, 46 Sanderling, 37 Turnstone, 20+ Ringed Plover, 18 Whimbrel, two Grey Plover and single Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit, these were harassed by two Peregrine. Elsewhere a Kingfisher was on the Main Pond, a Great-spotted Woodpecker was in the bushes, 20 Swallow and six Swift flew over and six Little Egret were in the Railway Saltmarsh.


Friday 22nd:


338 Curlew were on the Railway Saltmarsh with 12 Grey Heron, 11 Whimbrel and five Little Egret.  Counts from the estuary included 94 Dunlin,  73 Great Black-backed Gull, 43 Black-headed Gull, 33 Sandwich Tern and 11 Ringed Plover with two Grey Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit.  Elsewhere 10 Mallard and at least four Reed Warbler were around the Main Pond, five juvenile Pied Wagtail in the Bight, and offshore there were 54 Common Scoter and 40 Gannet.



Thursday 21st:


Two Mediterranean Gull ( ad. ), 150+ Sandwich Tern, Roseate Tern, 10+ Common Tern, two Arctic Skua, 22 Whimbrel



Tuesday 19th:


A Marsh Tit was found in Dead Dolphin Wood and was still present by the Main Pond mid-evening.  This is only the ninth record for the recording area and the first for twelve years.



Monday 18th:


Adult Mediterranean Gull along the beach.


Saturday 16th:


Arctic Skua ( dark morph ) roosting on the Bight late morning , Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, Grey Plover, two Whimbrel



Wednesday 13th:


One Great Skua; also Arctic Skua



Saturday 9th:


Two Black-throated Diver were offshore from Langstone Rock.



Wednesday 6th:


Eight Reed Warbler were between the compound and the Main Pond two Stock Dove flew from the Wryneck path with three Wood Pigeon, two Reed Bunting remain by the Dune Pond. Offshore a Roseate Tern was present late morning and 25 Common Tern were feeding with 137 Kittiwake and 27 Black-headed Gulls, two Arctic Skua continually harried the tern flock.  26 Common Scoter flew southwest with four Swift. 11 Shelduck were in the Bight.

Tuesday 5th:


The first-summer Black-throated Diver was still offshore today


Monday 4th:  


Black-throated Diver first summer still; also Little Egret and two Arctic Skua

Sunday 3rd:


Mediterranean Gull 1st-summer today; also two Little Egret, Whimbrel and 70 Sandwich Tern, Black-throated Diver 1st-summer still off the seawall



Saturday 2nd:


Black-throated Diver one 1st-summer still off the seawall this morning


Friday 1st:


Black-throated Diver 1st-summer still today plus 10 Common Scoters, three Whimbrel and an Arctic Skua, 80 Sandwich Tern were on the Railway Saltmarsh, with 17 Common Tern offshore.




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