Saturday, 23 July 2016
Good numbers of birds were present on the estuary this morning though there was a slight lack of quality. Black-headed Gulls and Herring Gulls were particularly abundant with conservative estimates of 1000+ and 300+ respectively between Flow Point and Passage House; among them was a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a moulting adult Mediterranean Gull. Other counts included 32 Mute Swans, 41 Little Egrets, 23 Shelducks, 132 Oystercatchers, 74 Curlew, 13 Whimbrel, nine Common Sandpipers and a Little Grebe. The best bird of the morning was a Hobby that flew west over Flow Point, upsetting the local hirundines.