Monday, 10 September 2018

Goring Gap

I spent quite a bit of time overlooking the beach first thing this morning, where a juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit flew in on the flowing tide - the first of the season. Numbers of other birds were low though, with six Oystercatchers, 33 Little Egrets and two Grey Herons. The high tide roost later contained 68 Ringed Plovers (including at least four tundrae types) but only 19 Turnstones and two adult Sanderlings, as well as 15 Sandwich Terns, three Mediterranean Gulls, three Common Gulls and a juvenile Great Black-backed Gull. A Whinchat showed well by the blocked road and I connected with one of Garry's two Spotted Flycatchers in the northwest corner, witnessing it cough up a pellet and munch a Speckled Wood. Two Wheatears were on the beach later but a Whitethroat was the only other grounded migrant I saw. Overhead movement included 22 Meadow Pipits, two Yellow Wagtails, seven Grey Wagtails, 22 House Martins, four Swallows and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. A Buzzard flew from the pond bushes, a Skylark called from the fields and a Coal Tit sang in the Plantation.

juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit


Ringed Plovers, including tundrae-type centre-left

Sandwich Terns

Spotted Flycatcher