Friday 24 August 2018


A rushed circuit of the Gap from dawn was my first opportunity to get to the patch for some days so I was keen to make the most of it. Yellow Wagtails were moving, with 22 logged mostly going west into the light breeze, and shortly before I had to go a Tree Pipit called overhead. The northwest corner held a Lesser Whitethroat (patch tick for me - at last!), a Garden Warbler and three Willow Warblers. A Wheatear was near the pumping station, and five Whitethroats and two Blackcaps were noted. Two Sand Martins and 14 Swallows flew through. Five Teal flew west along the beach and counts there and in the roost field (now active, given the season and its fresh, disturbed condition) included 25 Turnstones, three Sanderlings, a Dunlin, an adult summer Grey Plover, 15 Ringed Plovers, 14 Oystercatchers, seven Little Egrets, a Mediterranean Gull and nine Common Gulls.



black rabbit - bonus patch tick!