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Monday, 12 September 2016

Monday 12th September 2016

This wader dropped in for c.15 seconds this morning seen by three observers with several features indicative of Buff-breasted Sandpiper which would be the first site record. Apologies for late release of the news until the distant photos could be put onto a larger screen and commented on by third parties.

Clear skies overnight with a few patches of cloud, followed by a rather hot day did produce a very good day today with a good variety on show.

Best of the rest was this Wryneck (above), which was seen mid morning by a few observers and hasn't been since it was originally located. This is the first sighting in the last two years after having none last year.

Migrants elsewhere included 110 Meadow Pipit, 65 Swallow, 31 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Sand Martin, 8 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Hobby and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Sea watching produced 39 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 8 Cormorant, 6 Shelduck, 6 Common Tern, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Oystercatcher.

This Hummingbird Hawk-moth on Bramble. 

After yesterdays sighting of Wall Brown butterfly, another two individuals were seen today so maybe we are to see more of this species locally? 

Ringing: 17 birds ringed this morning including 4 Blackcap, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Robin, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Woodpigeon and 1 House Sparrow.