Saturday 31st

Northward movement over the Estate in the morning consisted of 34 Swifts, 80 Swallows, ten Meadow Pipits, six Yellow Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, and one Pied Wagtail, whilst a Coal Tit was in the Elms. The Wood Sandpiper still remained on Worth marshes but two Redstarts, 19 Whinchats, and nine Wheatears were new in.

Friday 30th

A burst of wader activity saw a Wood Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, four Greenshanks, four Green Sandpipers, and 27 Snipes recorded on Worth with a further 11 Snipes and a Green Sandpiper on Restharrow Scrape. Seven each of Whinchat and Wheatear were also on Worth with building flocks of Goldfinch and Linnet.

Thursday 29th

A Honey-buzzard going south over Worth was the day’s standout sighting with Worth also holding the lingering Wood Sandpiper still, a Spotted Redshank (presumably yesterday’s bird), ten Wheatears, and an influx of 30 Snipes. On the Estate the first signs of Meadow Pipit movement are there but it won’t be for a few weeks before it picks up. Four Grey Wagtails went north though and four Spotted Flycatchers and two Pied Flycatchers were dotted around. Another Pied Flycatcher was found at the Black Sluice by the New Downs Polytunnels.

Pied Flycatcher Aug19 SRay
Pied Flycatcher by S.Ray

Wednesday 28th

Today was not nearly as hot as in recent days. It was almost refreshing. A Great White Egret was on New Downs and on Restharrow Scrape a Wood Sandpiper remained but 11 Snipe were new. A Spotted Redshank dropped onto a small pool on Royal St George’s Golf Course and a Red Kite drifted over the Observatory later on. The Estate was very busy with migrants highlighted by 510 Swallows, 280 House Martins, two Redstarts, seven Spotted Flycatchers, seven Pied Flycatchers, one Whinchat, 114 Blackcaps, 29 Willow Warblers, and the first three Goldcrests of autumn.

Tuesday 27th

A long walk up to the Point in scorching heat brought rewards in the form of three Black Terns and one Little Tern, with one Grey and four Yellow Wagtails north, and two Wheatears on Prince’s Beach. Two Spotted Flycatchers and a Whinchat were on the Estate, a Wood Sandpiper was on Worth, but as yesterday the real highlight came after dark with a Dotterel sound-recorded flying over the Observatory.

Monday 26th

Thank you to everyone who came yesterday and to all the volunteers who made it such a great day. Today Wood Sandpipers were on Restharrow Scrape, Worth, and New Downs with Little Ringed Plover, six Ringed Plovers, 22 Golden Plovers, 75 Lapwings, 18 Knots, one Little Stint, 58 Dunlins, 14 Greenshanks, six Green Sandpipers, and four Common Sandpipers also at the latter. A Cetti’s Warbler was caught and ringed on the Estate and 26 Whinchats were on Worth. During the night a surprise ORTOLAN BUNTING was recorded heading over. Just rewards for persistent ‘nocmig’.

Sunday 25th

Terrific weather for the Open Day. An early morning jaunt brought two Great White Egrets, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Wood Sandpiper, 24 Whinchats, and a Raven on Worth. On the Estate highlights were two Green Sandpipers, a Mediterranean Gull, three Tree Pipits, six Yellow Wagtails, a Redstart, four Spotted Flycatchers, and two Pied Flycatchers. As the day hotted up at least 18 Buzzards drifted north and hundreds of House Martins swirled over the Observatory.

Saturday 24th

With little breeze it felt even hotter today. The hazy conditions added to the sticky atmosphere. It was much the same as yesterday with five Spotted Flycatchers, two Pied Flycatchers, one Redstart, and two Whinchats providing interest. At least we’re consistent. Which bodes well for tomorrow…Open Day of course!

Friday 23rd

A scorcher. Despite the heat it was a very productive day on the Estate. Six Spotted Flycatchers, one Pied Flycatcher, two Redstarts, and two Whinchats were around the Oasis area. Two more Whinchats, four Wheatears, and 12 Yellow Wagtails were found around the Sailing Club with good numbers of Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Turnstone, and Sanderling on the shore nearby. Three Coal Tits were mobile around and 43 Whitethroats was a good tally.

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Coal Tit by A.Lipczynski

Thursday 22nd

Another clear, cool, and sunny start to the day. The Estate held five Spotted Flycatchers, one Pied Flycatcher, two Tree Pipits, and two Yellow Wagtails, most of which in the Oasis area. Singles of Greenshank and Wood Sandpiper were the best on Worth marshes.

Wednesday 21st

More action on the Estate with a Grasshopper Warbler in Little Gully and two Redstarts, one Pied Flycatcher, and one Tree Pipit around the Oasis. At least 40 Sand Martins went through and the first movement of Blackcaps this autumn resulted in a count of 33 birds. Another Tree Pipit went over the Green Wall plus a few Yellow and Grey Wagtails, with two Pochards, a Greenshank, and two Coal Tits highlights as well. Meanwhile singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat were on Worth.

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Wheatear by N.Smith

Tuesday 20th

A lovely calm day full of sunshine. The Estate produced 11 Wheatears and three Whinchats near the Sailing Club whilst New Downs was full of waders again with two Little Stints, three Curlew Sandpipers, ten Greenshanks, 84 Dunlins, and 205 Redshanks the highlights.

Monday 19th

A Tree Sparrow was today’s standout sighting on the Estate followed by our first two Redstarts of autumn, seven Tree Pipits, a Spotted Flycatcher, four Yellow Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails, five Wheatears, and an increase in Robins. Another seven Spotted Flycatchers were on Worth with Wood Sandpiper, two Yellow Wagtails, and three Whinchats for good company.

Sunday 18th

A downpour at dawn and another at midday certainly grounded a few migrants. Tree Pipits were most obvious with 15 on the Estate and one on Worth. Two Garganey were on Restharrow Scrape and a spike of raptor activity included five Sparrowhawks, two Buzzards, seven Kestrels, and four Hobbies. At least 45 Willow Warblers were shared between the Estate and Worth with the latter also producing five Whinchats and a Wood Sandpiper.

Saturday 17th

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.

Friday 16th

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.

Thursday 15th

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.

Wednesday 14th

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.

Tuesday 13th

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.

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Tree Pipit by B.Martin

Monday 12th

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.

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Little Egret by S.Ray

Sunday 11th

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.

Saturday 10th

An unseasonal gale hampered sightings though a spell of seawatching produced singles of Arctic Skua, Great Skua, and Shag offshore plus two Little Terns.

Friday 9th

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.

Thursday 8th

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.

Wednesday 7th

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.

Tuesday 6th

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.

Monday 5th

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.

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Wood Sandpiper by S.Ray

Sunday 4th

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.

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Garganey by S.Ray

Saturday 3rd

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.

Friday 2nd

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.

Wood Sandpiper Jul19 NSmith (1)
Wood Sandpiper by N.Smith

Thursday 1st

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.