Thursday 9th

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.

Wednesday 8th

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.

Herring Gull chick Jul20 NSmith

Herring Gull chick opposite The Chequers by N.Smith

Tuesday 7th

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.

Sedge warbler

Adult Sedge Warbler by N.Smith. Note the worn edges to the tertials, tail and primary tips, and the overall dull, sun-bleached look indicative of adult birds. Juveniles would look much fresher and contrasting and often show a ‘necklace’ on their upper breast.

Saturday 4th

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.

Thursday 2nd

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.

Buzzard Jul20 NHefford

Buzzard by N.Hefford

Wednesday 1st

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.

Shoveler chicks Jul20 NRD

Shoveler ducklings by N.Davies