A flat calm sea gave the seawatchers an opportunity to search for some sea duck. On the flood tide 112 Great crested Grebe were counted along with 2 Red throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Scaup and the unusual site on the sea, a pair of Shoveler.
As the mist descended so did the migrants and 3 Whinchat dropped in near sandy lane whilst the paddocks held 10 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 5 White wagtail.. 3 singing Willow Warbler were also new in. A female Merlin came in off the sea and headed east much to the consternation of the local Swallows.
There was also a reasonable passage of Redpoll during the day totaling 20 by the end of the day.The only other finch of note was a solitary Siskin.
5 Whimbrel could be found feeding on the sandbank opposite the groyne.
A Painted Lady butterfly was an early record.
AMC, DH, KAD,EW - photo's AMC
|Painted Lady. Dr Paul Brewster|