Birds: July 2020
The RSPB have begun their diggings again on Worth and today 44 Mediterranean Gulls were feeding on the disturbed ground. A few Sand Martins were seen at Dickson’s corner, and a good flock of 95 House Sparrows were along the footpath which runs behind the asparagus fields.
A handful of Sand Martins were on the Estate and Worth marshes, and the first Mistle Thrushes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, and juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull of autumn were on the Estate. Also of note, was confirmation of breeding Herring Gulls on the dilapidated barn at The Chequers, a first for the site.
Over on Worth marshes there were singles of Greenshank, Green, and Common Sandpiper, plus four Little Egrets and 14 Mediterranean Gulls. A juvenile Cuckoo was seen on the Estate and there were good numbers of young warblers around the Whitehouse area.
A coordinated count across the northern parts of our Recording Area for WeBS produced a handful of returning waders, namely Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common and Green Sandpiper.
A Crossbill was feeding in the pines outside Middle Field along the Guilford Rd, with Siskin and Coal Tit also flying around nearby. There were 40 Lapwings at the Drove and later 70 Swifts moved through in front of a squall.
Today’s biggest talking point was the discovery of a Shoveler brood at Roaring Gutter. This is still a very under-recorded breeding species in the UK and confirmed records such as this are always worth passing on to your county RBBP representative. The first autumn build-up of 55 Redshanks was on New Downs, whilst singles of Cuckoo, Mediterranean Gull, and Siskin flew over the Whitehouse/Oasis area, with a Sedge Warbler trapped and ringed too.