There was a lovely mix of birds this morning and the predicted bad weather stayed away too. Swallows are clearly moving now migrating back to West Africa but still no Redwings overhead on migration in the evenings (listen for their ‘seep seep’ calls).
A Kingfisher flew off from the inlet gate as I arrived and on the inlet itself was a lone Little Egret, a Cormorant and several Mallards. Large and Small White and Common Blue butterflies were plentiful feeding on an abundance of flowers including Yarrow and Fleabane. On the exposed mud leading down to the sea wall was Common Redshanks, Grey Herons and overhead was a male Kestrel and a female Sparrowhawk hunting. A Yellow Wagtail and Siskin’s were heard calling and three Stock Doves flew across the mudflats.
The tide was out so there was plenty of exposed mud and plenty of birds too including a White Wagtail feeding on the rocks of the shoreline, a late Whimbrel which was nice to see, three Pintail, three Wigeon, eight Teal, forty eight Curlew, seventy seven Oystercatchers, two Great Black-backed Gulls, six Ringed Plovers, four Lapwing and twenty one Dunlin.
Seventeen Carrion Crows were feeding in the crop field and Meadow Brown butterflies were out in good numbers. A single Clouded Yellow butterfly showed briefly.