4th September 2018

Totals from six hours seawatching included two Balearic Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua, 14 Great Skuas, nine Arctic Skuas, six Pintail, 200 Manx and eight Sooty Shearwaters, over 3000 Gannets, 100 Teal, a Mediterranean Gull and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Three Wheatears appeared on the Brigg and a Greenshank was on Carr Naze Pond. Smaller numbers of similar species past the Gap, although nine Sooty Shearwaters and an additional Pomarine Skua were also logged there. Five Black-tailed Godwits, three Greenshank and three Green Sandpipers were among waders at the Dams. 

Convulus Hawkmoth, Top Scrub (Dan Lombard)

Yesterday (3rd), passage at the Gap included a Pomarine and seven Arctic Skuas, 540 Teal and two Pintail through plus 19 Red-throated Divers in the bay and an exceptional 1200 flightless Guillemots offshore (including many juveniles). In Top Scrub, a Pied Flycatcher, a Reed Warbler and several Willow Warblers were trapped and ringed, while waders at the Dams included three Greenshank among a familiar cast. Odd Wheatears have been recorded on most days over the last week or so.

Balearic Shearwarer (Mark Pearson)