Wader counts show an increase in birds heading south with 1,180 Oystercatcher, 542 Curlew, 158 Redshank, 37 Sanderling, 31 Dunlin, 28 Ringed Plover, 17 Whimbrel, three Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit and single Common Sandpiper and Greenshank. Also in the estuary four juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 230 Sandwich, five Common and a Roseate Tern. Elsewhere 78 Common Scoter were offshore, an early Siskin, 110 Swallow, 40 Swift, six House and a Sand Martin flew over and two Willow Warbler were in the bushes.
Sanderling 31/07/10 © Simon Thurgood
Four Balearic Shearwater were offshore early morning with two Great Skua and 16+ Mediterranean Gull (ad & 15 juv), almost all of which flew in off the sea from the east. Later in the day nine Mediterranean Gull flew west past Langstome Rock (2ad, ss & 6 juv). Also on site 11 Common and an Arctic Tern, 39 Dunlin, 22 Ringed Plover, 12 Whimbrel, three Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Common Sandpiper was at Langstone Rock and two Wheatear were by the hide.
No news was reported. Details of two colour-ringed Sanderling seen on 24/07/10 have been received. Once again thanks to Jeroen Reneerkens for this information. The bird pictured below was ringed at Sandgerði, Iceland on 19/05/10 and this was the first sighting since ringing. The second bird was also ringed at Sandgerði, Iceland but on 17/05/08. It has previously been seen at several locations around Roscoff, Finistère, France were it wintered in 2008/9 and 2009/10. The dates of these sighting are between 18/09/08 - 20/01/09 and 07/09/09 and 23/04/10. Favoured sites have included Saint Pol de Léon and Santec le Théven
Sanderling 24/07/10 © Lee Collins
TwoWheatear were on site with the usual collection of waders but no other news was received.
Five Balearic Shearwater flew east early morning with two Great Skua, 80+ Sandwich, five Common and an Arctic Tern also offshore. Elsewhere 41 Sanderling, 34 Dunlin, 24 Ringed Plover, 10 Whimbrel, three Mediterranean Gull (ad, 2 juv), a Grey Plover and a Greenshank were in the estuary, 73 Swift and 20+ House Martin flew through and the first Wheatear of the autumn was on the Wryneck Plain.
A good count of 20 Balearic Shearwater were offshore early morning with 87 Shag, 173 Sandwich and 15 Common Tern. Elsewhere 69 Great Black-backed Gull, 40 Sanderling, 16 Ringed Plover, 10 Whimbrel, eight Dunlin, two Grey Plover and a Turnstone were in the Bight and a Great-spotted Woodpecker flew northeast over the Dune Ridge.
A Roseate Tern and the Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary with 110 Sandwich and five Common Tern, seven Mediterranean Gull (2 ad, 2ss, fs, & 2juv), 54 Sanderling, 22 Ringed Plover, 21 Dunlin, 16 Whimbrel and single Turnstone and Black-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere five Willow Warbler were on site and offshore there were 15 Manx and two Balearic Shearwater.
Mediterranean Gull 24/07/10 © Lee Collins
A Balearic and 13 Manx Shearwater were offshore with 29 Common Scoter, a Roseate and at least eight Common Tern including the first juvenile, and a Great-crested Grebe. Wader counts included 102 Redshank, 55 Sanderling, 24 Ringed Plover, 18 Dunlin, 10 Black and four Bar-tailed Godwit, eight Whimbrel, two Common Sandpiper, two Grey Plover and a Greenshank. Also in the estuary at least eight Mediterranean Gull ( 3ad & 5 juv), the Slavonian Grebe and two Stock Dove. Migrants on site included the first Sedge Warbler of the autumn, a Willow Warbler and 16 Swift.
Mediterranean Gull 24/07/10 © Lee Collins
The first Lesser Whitethroat of the year, a worn adult was along the Back Path with at least 20 Whitethroat, some which may also have been migrants. Other returning birds included a Yellow Wagtail overhead and a Willow Warbler. In the estuary at least one immature Yellow-legged Gull was on Bull Hill, with a second summer Mediterranean Gull, waders included 97 Redshank, 22 Ringed Plover, 22 Dunlin, 12 Whimbrel, two Grey Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit.
The Slavonian Grebe remains in the estuary with two Grey Plover, two Turnstone and a Common Sandpiper.
No news was received.
Counts from the estuary included 204 Sandwich and 10 Common Tern with 72 Redshank and two Grey Plover.
In the estuary there were 64 Redshank, three Whimbrel, two Grey Plover and single Greenshank and Common Sandpiper, along with 120+ Sandwich Tern and two Mediterranean Gull. An early Goldcrest, only the second July sighting, and a migrant Willow Warbler were the only birds reported.
Sandwich Tern 18/07/10 © Lee Collins
Four Balearic Shearwater were offshore with over 180 Sandwich, a Common and a Roseate Tern. In the estuary there were 406 Curlew, 68 Redshank, 45 Dunlin, 21 Whimbrel, four Black-tailed and two Bar-tailed Godwit, two Sanderling, single Grey Plover, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and the Slavonian Grebe.
The first Yellow-legged Gull of the year, a juvenile, was over the Visitor Centre, with at least four Mediterranean Gull on site (3 ad & 1 juv). Counts from the estuary included 497 Curlew, 377 Oystercatcher, 110+ Sandwich Tern, 49 Dunlin, 30+ Redshank, five Whimbrel, two Bar-tailed Godwit, two Grey Plover, a Common Sandpiper and the Slavonian Grebe.
A Roseate Tern was reported again on the mudflats at low tide with an adult Mediterranean Gull, also in the estuary an Arctic Skua, 150+ Sandwich Tern, 35 Dunlin, eight Whimbrel, six Common Gull and an albino Great Black-backed Gull.
A seawatch early morning between 07:45-09:30 produced a Balearic Shearwater, five Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and 25 Manx Shearwater. One mid afternoon between 15:30-16:30 produced only three Manx Shearwater and a Mediterranean Gull.
The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary but no other news was received.
The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 60 Dunlin, 52 Redshank, five Whimbrel, two Grey Plover, two Sanderling and a Greenshank. Also on site there were 130 Sandwich, 12 Common and a Little Tern, four Mediterranean Gull (2 ad, fs & juv) and offshore an Arctic Skua.
Counts from the estuary included 480 Curlew, 51 Redshank, six Whimbrel and the two Grey Plover. Elsewhere 64 Kittiwake were offshore with three adult Mediterranean Gull and the first Kingfisher of the autumn flew along the Warren Neck.
A minimum of 16 Mediterranean Gull (6 ad, 2ss & 8+ juv) were recorded today, a new site record. Counts from the estuary included 489 Curlew, 60+ Sandwich and 16 Common Tern, 29 Redshank, 22 Dunlin, seven Little Egret, four Common Sandpiper, two Whimbrel, two Grey Plover, a Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit. Also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe and two sinensis Cormorant. Elsewhere 36 Swift, seven Sand Martin and a Grey Wagtail were overhead, a very young brood of Shelduck were on the beach and other young birds included Stonechat, Bullfinch and Goldfinch.
The highlight, and probably most unusual record of the year, was a flock of 14 Goosander that flew in off the sea and headed north upriver at 7.30am, by far the largest group recorded at the Warren and the first July record. In the estuary the first Roseate Tern of the autumn was roosting on the mudflats with 132 Sandwich, six Common and an Arctic Tern. Waders included 390 Curlew, 21 Dunlin, six Whimbrel, two Grey and a Ringed Plover. Also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe and at least five Mediterranean Gull (ad, fs & 3 juv). Elsewhere a Balearic Shearwater and a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver were offshore, 11 Sand Martin and three Collared Dove were overhead and in the bushes a feeding flock included 32 Long-tailed and 13 Blue Tit.
Mediterranean Gull 10/07/10 © Lee Collins
The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 544 Curlew, 43 Sandwich and eight Common Tern, 24 Redshank, four Whimbrel, two Grey Plover, two Mediterranean Gull (ad & fs) and a Common Sandpiper. Elsewhere single Yellow and Grey Wagtail were the first of the autumn.
The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with 45+ Sandwich Tern, 24 Redshank, three Whimbrel, two Grey Plover, two adult Mediterranean Gull and a Greylag Goose in the estuary.
No news was received.
A juvenile Marsh Tit behind the Crocus Compound was a welcome surprise, the tenth for the site and the earliest autumn record. Elsewhere 10 Mediterranean Gull were present, five adults, three juveniles, a second summer and a first summer.
No news was received.
An Arctic Tern was offshore with four Common and 27 Sandwich Tern. In the estuary there were five Mediterranean Gull (3ad, fs & juv), 31 Redshank, eight Common Sandpiper, two Grey Plover, two Whimbrel, a Greylag Goose and the summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere 40+ Swallow, 25 Swift, 10 House and eight Sand Martin flew through.
A Little Tern was on site with 34 Sandwich Tern, including the first juvenile. Also in the estuary the first juvenile Black-headed Gull, an adult, a second summer and two juvenile Mediterranean Gull, eight Whimbrel, five Redshank, four Common Sandpiper, two Grey Plover, a Greenshank, a Greylag Goose and the summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe still moored off Cockwood.
No news was received for today. Ringing details have been received for the first summer Meditteranean Gull send on 26th June. It was ringed in the nest at Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE on 30 June 2009. Since then it has also been seen at Instow in north Devon on 5 September 2009.
Mediterranean and Black-headed Gull 26/06/10 © Lee Collins
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