Wednesday 30 August 2023

Gropper, Green Sand

Tree Pipit - quite possibly the bird I photographed the other day. It was in pretty much the same spot.

Orcombe Point - 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 31 Yellow Wagtails, 1 alba wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Tree Pipits, c15 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 17+ House Martins, 9 Greenfinches, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Swallows and a single Knot that flew towards the river mouth
Off Mudbank - counts included 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 20 Wigeon, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Mute Swans and 2 Sandwich Terns. The Osprey was off there at 0915 and again at 355 pm when it was perched on something midriver, and looked to be eating a fish. Eventually, pushed off by the rising water, it moved on to Cockle Sands and was still sat there when I left at 455pm. The only other snippet of news - the second-summer Yellow-legged Gull was again in the recycling centre first thing.

 Oystercatchers returning to roost after having been flushed by the Osprey this morning.

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