Sunday 22nd September – Autumn Migration: The Day List
Last year we saw an amazing 117 species – can we break the 100 barrier again ? Join our local expert for all or part of the day. With visible migration watch, waders on the estuary, waterbirds on the lagoons and migrants in the scrub, raptor watching on the upper deck of the Visitor Centre - this promises to be a memorable day for all. Previous sightings on this event have included Spoonbill, Crane, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Barred Warbler. Meet at the Beach Car Park at 0700 or join us during the day.
September 21st. On Tennysons Sands were 10 Avocet, 67 Lapwing, a Ruff and 8 Spotted Redshank; and on Croftmarsh 102 Pink-footed Goose. Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 103 Teal, 5 Pintail, 13 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 9 Little Egret, a Great White Egret, a Grey Heron, 4 Spoonbill, 2 Sparrowhawk, 132 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 5 Snipe, 48 Sandwich Tern, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Stock Dove, a Tawny Owl, 28 Goldcrest, 13 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 5 Starling, 7 Song Thrush, a Redwing, a Pied Flycatcher, 4 Stonechat, a Whinchat and 2 Wheatear. Flying south were 19 Wigeon, a Red-throated Diver, 11 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 5 Starling, a Rock Pipit and a Lapland Bunting; north 2 Arctic Skua; and north-west were 400 Pink-footed Goose.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Jenni Godber, provided a new Blackcap; and 5 retraps: a Dunnock, a Blackbird, 2 Blackcap and a Great Tit.
Insects of note included a Willow Emerald Damselfly and a Red-veined Darter.
Willow Emerald Damselfly, male, 21st September 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward