Thursday 9 September 2021

9th September 2021

 Weather:  E force 1 NNE 1 in the afternon

A slightly quieter day today but still with 3 or 4 Willow Warblers grounded and  a female Blackcap found and ringed.

During the morning 2 Whitethroats also showed themselves and were also ringed.

A small number of Robins about indicated a slight influx, 2 were ringed.

Four Wheatears and 2 Grey Wagtails passed through the island as did twenty or so Swallows which joined the locals in their flocking behaviour. A group of 14 Black-tailed Godwits flew south east over the island early on and a single Common Snipe was heard. When some small waders gathered in the gutter before the tide, no less than 3 Little Stints were found amongst them.

Towards high tide the more usual waders could be counted with good numbers of Ringed Plover (222), Sanderling (50), 5,000 Oystercatchers, 1,200 Dunlin, 23 Turnstone and the early visiting passage Purple Sandpiper still showing. Later in the afternoon a Curlew Sandpiper was discovered feeding near the gutter just south of Middle with some other waders.

photos SRW

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