Thursday, 1 September 2011

Thurlestone Bay

Start of Autumn- good total of birds on the patch today at 74 species - main records were :-

On the beaches this am - 7 Wheatear, 30+ Sanderling, 10 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone 1 jv Curlew sandpiper, 1 Curlew ( over ) 3 Yellow Wagtail (over )

07.30 Thurlestone Marsh- 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Black T Godwit.
Sea watch at Warren Pt for 1 hour - 10 Manx S'water, 1 Balearic S'water., 1 Sooty S'water ( latter 2 flew east at 10.10 )Noticable steady movement west of G B B Gulls - 55 logged in 1 hour .

13.45 Mallards Lane ( T'stone ) 1jv Pied Flycatcher ( patch tick for me ) , 1 Spotted Fly, 1 Garden Wbler, 10 Willow & 6 Chiffchaff , 1 m Blackcap.

16.00 Upton X ( nr South Milton ) 1 jv Marsh harrier flying over the stubble fields ( same bird as reported twice in Aug. A m Siskin flying over (only 2nd record this year)