Thursday, 9 September 2021

Lots of finches and a White Wagtail

 Very light breezes again, mainly SE. Overcast all day, but still warm. Some short but heavy showers

South shore 
These are some of the Canada geese seen on Tuesday.
A Curlew is setting the pace
Just my records from a short visit at high water so far today.
No snipe flushed from the saltmarsh as it was covered.
Wheatear 7
Rock Pipit at least 6. This one looked a bit of a fluff ball!

Ringed Plover c30 no Dunlin today
Mediterranean gull 2 1st calendar year (I suppose the correct status is Juvenile, moulting to first winter plumage (MD))
1cy Mediterranean gulls 
Mute Swan 1 immature again feeding in the freshwater stream on Red Nab
Kestrel 1 started hunting over the saltmarsh as it was being covered.

There had been a heavy shower just before I began my walk, possibly bringing some of these birds down.
There were 23 Goldfinch and 1 Greenfinch sat together on the Power Station fence.
Linnet 29 around the saltmarsh plus 4 on Red Nab - the Linnet around the saltmarsh were eating the bracken seeds.

A male White Wagtail was on the sea wall briefly (White Wagtails are not always easy to confirm in autumn)

Migrant Hawker 3 together in the nature park

Finally, I've been watching this sunflower grow amongst the rubble on Ocean Edge foreshore. It is a bit battered and has been fortunate that these last two tides have been calm otherwise it would have been covered by the incoming waves. But it has made it to flowering, I'll see what happens if it manages to produce seeds.
Self seeded Sunflower, albeit a smallish one
growing on the foreshore.