Worth held most of today’s highlights with two Wood and four Green Sandpipers, 14 Whinchats, two Tree Pipits, two Spotted Flycatchers, and best of all, eight Crossbills north.
Some low cloud at dawn clearly grounded migrants with ten Tree Pipits, six Yellow Wagtails, and a Pied Flycatcher on the Estate the most obvious arrivals. Nine Whinchats were the best on offer on Worth.
Hot, cold, calm, windy, sunny, and grey. A day of really mixed conditions. Six Green Sandpipers and three Spotted Flycatchers were on Worth first thing and a decent variety of warblers were on the Estate. New Downs dominated with waders recording 160 Lapwings, 70 Dunlins, three Whimbrels, 175 Redshanks, 17 Greenshanks, three Green Sandpipers, and 45 Common Sandpipers. A Grey Wagtail also dropped in.
An early wander before the rain saw six Yellow Wagtails, six Wheatears, two Tree Pipits, and a Coal Tit on the Estate. The two Garganeys were on Restharrow Scrape at first light and 140 Sandwich Terns were offshore.
Singles of Wood and Curlew Sandpiper were on New Downs amongst good numbers of other waders whilst a Wood Sandpiper was also on Restharrow Scrape first thing before the archaeologists arrived. A rooster walking around near Restharrow Scrape was perplexing and three Tree Pipits were caught by the ringing team.
Two Tree Pipits on the Estate were the best this morning before the rain arrived. The two Wood Sandpipers and the Greenshank were on Restharrow Scrape again. A reminder that from now onward disturbance at the site is likely due to our development works.
The wind dropped considerably overnight allowing a decent variety of migrants to be found in the morning. A Pied Flycatcher was on the Estate but Worth was more productive with at least 40 Willow Warblers, two Pied Flycatchers, and five Spotted Flycatchers.
An unseasonal gale hampered sightings though a spell of seawatching produced singles of Arctic Skua, Great Skua, and Shag offshore plus two Little Terns.
Most people were helping out with the ringing course but sharp eyes spotted a Great White Egret flying over the Estate. Two Garganeys and two Wood Sandpipers were still on Restharrow Scrape.
Three Wood Sandpipers and two Garganey were still on Restharrow Scrape and the autumn’s first Grasshopper Warbler was seen along the entrance track to the Scrape. A good wander around New Downs found another Wood Sandpiper plus Avocet, two Ringed and two Little Ringed Plovers, 74 Lapwings, 80 Dunlins, two Curlews, 41 Redshanks, 15 Greenshanks, five Green Sandpipers, and 33 Common Sandpipers.
With the Warden back from his sojourn to Borneo the Estate got a thorough census. A Red Kite drifted over early on and just under 100 Swifts zipped around. A good selection of migrant warblers were in the bushes, particularly around the Oasis/Whitehouse/Haven area, and yesterday’s Nightingale was seen again. Three Wheatears were by the Sailing Club and Restharrow Scrape supported three Wood Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, and a Greenshank.
Breezy out there but still plenty to see. Restharrow Scrape continues to be very busy with four Wood Sandpipers showing extremely well, plus two Garganeys, three Little Egrets, a Snipe, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, and a Common Sandpiper. A Wood Warbler was caught by the ringing team early on and was seen again later in the Oasis, with a Nightingale nearby in the evening.
Unsettled, windy, weather is approaching and 80+ Swifts headed south ahead of it. After yesterdays microlight flyover three Wood Sandpipers and two Garganeys returned to the Scrape.
With a quiet, settled, night migrants moved on and there were no showers to bring new arrivals in. Although there was coverage of the Estate nothing of note was reported. The first Wheatear of the autumn was noted along the seafront and there were five Garganeys on Restharrow Scrape.
A light shower just at dawn brought some birds in. At the north end the ringers caught three Pied Flycatchers. They also got a good selection of UK migrants including 19 Willow Warblers, six Whitethroats and four Garden Warblers. Who knows what was lurking in the rest of the bushes?
The monthly Webs count was disrupted by various picnickers and other holiday makers on the Point. The highlight was probably 62 Mediterranean Gulls.
There was clearly an arrival of migrants and there were at least 30 Willow Warblers at the north end of the Estate. It is difficult to separate the resident Whitethroats from new arrivals but there were ten around the Oasis bushes. The ringers also caught two Garden Warblers. The most surprising sighting was of two Pintails flying inland over the Observatory early in the morning. Later in the day two Greenshanks and a Green Sandpiper flew north.
Worth continues to be worth a look with plenty of young birds emerging including two Turtle Doves. Five Ravens flew over performing their tumbling tricks.
The seven Wood Sandpipers and the Garganey were still on Restharrow Scrape.
Restharrow Scrape continues to provide good views of sandpipers. Otherwise passerine migration is just getting going. The first Sedge Warblers of the autumn were caught and there were at least 12 Willow Warblers around the Whitehouse/Haven. Swifts and hirundines put in regular appearances if the cloud gathered but spent most of the time feeding very high in the hot, humid conditions.