Wader numbers dropped overnight with 64 Dunlin, 57 Ringed Plover, two Sanderling and a Whimbrel present over high tide. Elsewhere a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was offshore with a second flying high upriver early morning.
The first summer Bonaparte's Gull was again offshore along with two Roseate Tern, a dark phase Arctic Skua, 27 Common Tern, 90+ Kittiwake, 162 Black-headed and a first summer Mediterranean Gull. Wader numbers had increased with the rain dropping in several flocks counts included 117 Sanderling, 102 Dunlin, 71 Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Turnstone. Elsewhere a Spotted Flycatcher was the first of the year.
The first summer Bonaparte's Gull was offshore in the evening along with a Little Tern and a Great Northern Diver.
The first Storm Petrel of the year was offshore this evening with the first summer Bonaparte's Gull, three Arctic and two Common Tern, and a first summer Black-throated Diver. Earlier in the day a Great Northern Diver flew south and a summer plumaged Red-throated Diver was on the sea. Wader counts over high tide included 64 Sanderling, 35 Dunlin, 31 Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel and three Turnstone.
Arctic Tern 28/05/11 both © Lee Collins
The evening high tide wader counts were 27 Dunlin, 18 Sanderling and four Ringed Plover with a second summer Mediterranean Gull offshore. Elsewhere a Cuckoo was feeding on Brown-tail caterpillars by the Dune Pond.
Cuckoo 27/05/11 © Ivan Lakin
No news was received.
Still a midsummer feel to the species present, high tide wader counts were limited to 36 Sanderling, 28 Ringed Plover and two Dunlin.
No news was received.
An Arctic Skua flew south distantly offshore with a flock of 150+ Manx Shearwater lingering at the same distance. Elsewhere wader counts included 51 Dunlin, 39 Sanderling and 25 Ringed Plover.
The Bonaparte's Gull was again in the estuary. The WeBS count gave totals of 278 Oystercatcher, 34 Curlew, 18 Dunlin, 14 Sanderling, 14 Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel, a Turnstone and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver, 114 Shag, 10+ Manx Shearwater and three Guillemot, including a displaying pair were offshore and fledged young included Stonechat, Linnet, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Long-tailed and Blue Tit.
Ringed Plover 22/05/11 © Simon Thurgood Dunlin 22/05/11 © Simon Thurgood
Offshore 70+ Common Scoter, 60+ auk sp,15+ Manx Shearwater, five Fulmar and two Great Northern Diver flew south, with 170+ Shag, nine Eider, 32 Sandwich and an Arctic Tern also present.
Gannet 22/05/11 © Simon Thurgood
Wader counts over the high tide included c200 Dunlin, 80 Sanderling, 26 Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel and two Bar-tailed Godwit, also in the estuary a Brent Goose and the summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Great Northern Diver flew south and at least one Cuckoo, a Wheatear and a Stock Dove were on site.
Tuesday - Thursday 17-19th:
No news was received.
A virtual repeat of the last couple of days with the first summer Bonaparte's Gull offshore and close enough for a couple of record shots ,with the first summer Mediterranean Gull still present and high tide counts over 300+ Dunlin, 146 Sanderling and 20+ Ringed and six Grey Plover.
Bonaparte's Gull 16/05/11
The first summer Bonaparte's Gull was again offshore in the evening with a first summer Mediterranean Gull and two Manx Shearwater. Over high tide counts included 360+ Dunlin, 40+ Sanderling and 32 Ringed Plover,16 Whimbrel, six Grey Plover, four Bar-tailed Godwit and a Brent Goose.
The first summer Bonaparte's Gull was offshore with a first summer Mediterranean Gull and a Common Tern. An influx of waders saw 270+ Dunlin, 45 Sanderling and 22 Ringed Plover in the Bight.
The first summer Bonaparte's Gull was again offshore this evening. Elsewhere a Curlew Sandpiper was on the beach, the summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe was again off Cockwood, also in the estuary 12 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, two Ringed Plover, a Turnstone and the Black Swan.
No news was received.
Four Eider were offshore and the Black Swan was still in the estuary. Otherwise, excepting the regular breeding species, it remains very quiet.
A Black Swan was in the estuary at low tide with seven Whimbrel and five Grey Plover; no other news was received.
Whitethroat 04/05/11 © Colin Scott Linnet 04/05/11 © Colin Scott
The only news received was of 50 Kittiwake, three Eider and a Red-throated Diver offshore.
Seawatching provided another record day with 10 Pomarine Skua south along with one Arctic Skua, 45 Manx Shearwater and single Black-throated and Great Northern Diver, also offshore at least two Roseate Tern, just one Common Tern and a first summer Mediterranean Gull. A Little Tern was in the estuary with three Brent Geese, whilst wader numbers remain very low with 16 Sanderling, eight Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Grey and three Ringed Plover, four Turnstone and two Dunlin. Elsewhere the first Cuckoo of the year was on Warren Point, with a Short-eared Owl also there, the latest ever spring record; other migrants included a Lesser Whitethroat in Dead Dolphin Wood and a Yellow Wagtail in front of the hide briefly.
Two Roseate Tern were offshore with at least 10 Common Tern, nine Eider, five Manx Shearwater, two Red-throated Diver and two first summer Mediterranean Gull. Elsewhere 20+ Whimbrel, 11 Sanderling, seven Dunlin, five Grey and three Ringed Plover, a Turnstone, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Redshank were in the estuary, 20+ Swallow, a House Martin and a Swift were overhead and a Willow Warbler on the Dune Ridge was the only grounded migrant.
The only news received was of five Grey Plover and a Turnstone with five Eider offshore.
At least one Arctic Tern was offshore this evening with 14+ Common Tern, 16 Great-crested Grebe, nine Manx Shearwater and five Eider. Counts over the evening tide included 35+ Whimbrel, 13 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a summer plumaged Grey Plover. Elsewhere a Coot on the Main Pond was the most notable new arrival.
The only news for today was of resident species and the continuing passage of Whimbrel with 14 in Greenland Lake during the afternoon.
Green Woodpecker 04/05/11 © Colin Scott Greenfinch 04/05/11 © Colin Scott
There was very little movement today but two quality arrivals included a pair of Garganey and in the estuary a fine summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper with just five Dunlin, five Sanderling and five Ringed Plover.
Curlew Sandpiper 03/05/11 © Lee Collins
On a day of excellent offshore passage the highlight was a site record 10 Pomarine Skua east between 8.20 -12.30, two Little Gull (ad & fs) offshore were also firsts for the year. Other counts offshore included a Great Skua off the seawall before heading high north late pm, 25+ Common, three Arctic, at least two Black and a Roseate Tern, three Mediterranean Gull (two ss and a fs), 10 Great Northern Diver (seven south, three high north), nine Eider and a Red-throated Diver. Waders were also moving with counts from the estuary including 70+ Whimbrel, 50+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 20+ Dunlin, 10 Sanderling, 10 Grey Plover, two Knot, a Turnstone and a Greenshank. Elsewhere the first (and only?) Turtle Dove of the year flew through the Entrance Bushes, a Short-eared Owl flew across the Bight and hirundine passage was 120+ Swallow, 20+ Swift and 20+ House Martin.
The first year Bonaparte's Gull was feeding offshore with 100+ Black-headed Gull, at least two Balearic Shearwater, a first summer Mediterranean Gull, 12 Common and a Little Tern. An Arctic Skua and six Great Northern Diver flew through, with three of the divers heading high north. Counts from the estuary included 60+ Whimbrel, 40+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 20+ Dunlin, 11 Sanderling and a summer plumaged Grey Plover. Elsewhere an early morning passage of hirundines consisted of 40+ Swallow, 39 Swift and 20+ House Martin, the only discernable grounded migrants were the first Grasshopper Warbler of the year with at least one bird reeling on site.
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