Tuesday 31 October 2023

Terns (and Whimbrel) still around.

Heavy overnight rain and another shower at lunchtime. Overcast all day. A light east breeze.

First an update from yesterday
Wheatear 1 late bird moved rapidly through the old heliport at midday- Mark Breaks.

South shore
I went out in the morning just as the heavy overnight rain was easing (MD)
Back to "normal" with Rock Pipits,  just 4 seen (foreshore 1, Red Nab 1 and 2 together on the sea wall)
This is one of the sea wall birds.

Meadow Pipits 10 grounded on Ocean Edge grass. This is one with a Pied Wagtail, they are finding plenty to eat as the invertebrates have climbed up the grass blades to avoid the waterlogged ground.
Reed Bunting 2 on saltmarsh 

Shelduck 1
Wigeon 53
Whimbrel 1 calling from Red Nab

Both the juvenile Common Tern and juvenile Arctic Tern were feeding on No.2 outflow, but as yesterday, the Arctic not always present.
Later in the afternoon Janet was exercising a dog along the sea wall. No specialist camera today, just a mobile phone camera. 
This is Janet's shot of the juvenile Arctic Tern.
It shows that excellent record shots can be taken with just a phone camera.

This is also Janet's. It shows the extent of the Oystercatcher movement, presumably something or someone had flushed them from the Heliport roost.