Wednesday 9 September 2020

Curlew Sandpiper and a Gadwall influx

 The wind shifted more to north, averaging WNW. Some sunny periods.

South shore 
Late morning - rising tide (MD)
Mediterranean gulls - just three juveniles located one on No.2 outflow, one on beach near the wooden jetty (the only gull on the beach), plus one out from harbour mouth.
Wheatear 1
Rock Pipit 1
Linnet 12 on wall near No.1 outflow - not regular here.

Afternoon - towards high water (PM. JR)
Mediterranean gull at least 30 roosting  
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 juvenile with Dunlin out from Ocean Edge. It spent most of the time preening then went on its own to southern end of the flock.  
Middleton Nature Reserve - afternoon (MD)
Mute as yesterday 
Coot 4
Moorhen 3
Little Grebe 1
Gadwall at 15:00 I couldn't find any, on return at 16:15 there were 19 on the "no swimming" pond.
Mallard 1

Dragonfly - Just three species seen 
Common Darter c20
Brown Hawker at least 7
Migrant Hawker 3 together near bottom car park

The predominant species were very fresh Red Admiral at least 20
Speckled Wood
Small White
Small Tortoiseshell 
This large and faded Small Tortoiseshell, got me excited for a moment.
(Excitement isn't what it used to be!)