Sunday, 21 June 2020

Early May 2020


May 10th. A day of strong winds and no observer coverage.
 The only records received were of a feeding flock of 6 House Martin and 20 Swallow around the West Dunes sycamore plot and a second calendar year female Peregrine around.

May 9th. Heading south were 2 Swift, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Buzzard, 8 Yellow Wagtail and an Alba Wagtail. Birds around included 82 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, an Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Cuckoo, 900 Oystercatcher, 90 Grey Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Turnstone, 3000 Knot, 1800 Sanderling, 2000 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Kittiwake, a Little Gull, 22 Little Tern, a Peregrine, 19 Jay, a Redwing, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Wheatear. 


Little Tern, 9th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
Ringed Plover, on nest scrape, 9th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 8th. A vocal Temminck’s Stint flew around the Shorebird Sanctuary and presumably headed off south. Birds around included 59 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, an Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Cuckoo, 180 Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Mediterranean Gull, a Buzzard, 24 Jay,  a Garden Warbler, 22 Little Tern, a Firecrest, a Redstart,  and a Spotted Flycatcher. Heading south were 3 Yellow Wagtail.

Knot, 8th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Sanderling, 8th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Double Rainbow, 8th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward


Sunset, 8th May 2020.
Photos - Ben Ward


May 7th. A Black Kite arrived from the north, possibly from the sea, mid-morning and toured the reserve seemingly in no hurry to depart, it eventually drifted off to the south-west. Heading south were a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 15 Buzzard, 22 Jay, 5 Yellow Wagtail, a Blue-headed Wagtail, an Alba Wagtail and 2 Siskin. Birds around included an Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Cuckoo, 110 Grey Plover, 270 Ringed Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Turnstone, 900 Sanderling, 1000 Dunlin, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, 18 Little Tern, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 11 Jay, a Firecrest, 2 Treecreeper and a Redwing.    


Black Kite, 7th May 2020.
Photos - Kev Wilson

Little Tern, Sanderling and Dunlin, 7th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 


May 6th. Heading south were a Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 3 Sand Martin and 2 Yellow Wagtail; in from the sea came a Grey Heron. Birds around included a Grey Partridge, 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, an Eider, 5 Cuckoo, 680 Oystercatcher, 90 Grey Plover, 270 Ringed Plover, 6 Whimbrel, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 90 Knot, 14 Turnstone, 1400 Sanderling, 900 Dunlin, 600 Knot, a Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull,  a Peregrine, 3 Jay, 3 Redwing, a Pied Flycatcher, a Black Redstart, a Redstart and 4 Wheatear. 

Redstart, 6th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 

Eider, 6th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Sunrise, 6th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 5th. Birds around an Eider, a Cuckoo, 800 Oystercatcher, 90 Grey Plover, 318 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Turnstone, 400 Sanderling, 900 Dunlin, a Greenshank, 21 Little Tern, a Mediterranean Gull, a Merlin, a Hobby, 2 Jay. Heading south were 2 Yellow Wagtail. Heading north was a Red-throated Diver.

Small Copper, 5th May 2020.
Photo - Sarah Hunter
May 4th. Birds around included a Cuckoo, 700 Oystercatcher, 216 Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 13 Turnstone, 118 Sanderling, 114 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a male Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine and 2 Wheatear.

Sanderling, 4th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Redshank nest, 4th May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 3rd. Birds around included 4 Cuckoo, 287 Ringed Plover, 12 Whimbrel, 896 Dunlin, a Snipe, 4 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 124 Common Gull, a Peregrine, a Grasshopper Warbler and 6 Wheatear. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard and 3 Yellow Wagtail.


Ringed Plover, 3rd May 2020.
Photos - Ben Ward
May 2nd. The second summer male Montagu’s Harrier was seen again in the morning from the Wash Viewpoint. Birds around included 83 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Cuckoo, a Snipe, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Black Redstart, and Greenland Wheatear.

May 1st. The second summer male Montagu’s Harrier was again out from the wash viewpoint sporadically throughout the day. 2 Osprey arrived midday with one bird heading south and another fishing off-shore briefly before departing to the north. A Black Throated Diver was on the sea in the morning. Heading south were 3 Spoonbill, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 200 Sandwich Tern, 3 Sparrowhawk, 5 Marsh Harrier, 9 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hooded Crow and 14 Yellow Wagtail. Birds around included 3 Cuckoo, 2 Peregrine, 40 Jay, a Black Redstart, 10 Wheatear and a Tree Sparrow.

Wheatear 1st May 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward






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