Little Stint new in

31st August 2011 – overcast/calm
Only small numbers of Gannet and Sandwich Tern were noted early morning.
Grounded Migrants
The conditions produced a scattering of newly grounded migrants with 10 Pied Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 8 Whitethroat, 7 Robin, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 White Wagtail and single Goldcrest, Blackcap and Spotted Flycatcher logged
Diurnal Migration
Despite the day dawning to calm conditions for the first time in a while the expectant flood of passage birds failed to materialise with 28 Tree Sparrow and single Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail the only birds of note.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 6 Wigeon of the autumn appeared and waders included a newly arrived juvenile Little Stint, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a few Greenshank.
Three Little Egret were logged and raptors involved Kestrel, Sparrowhawk – targeting the local Goldfinch population, Merlin, Peregrine and Little Owl.
A monthly total of 244 birds of 22 species was the best August total for several years and comprised Willow Warbler (55), Greenfinch (31), House Sparrow (29), Robin (28), Whitethroat (27), Meadow Pipit (13), Sedge Warbler (13), Goldfinch (12), Swallow (8), Dunnock (5), Linnet (5), Blackcap (3), Blackbird (3), Garden Warbler (2), Sparrowhawk (2), Reed Bunting (2), Reed Warbler (1), Goldcrest (1), Wren (1), Pied Wagtail (1), Magpie (1) and Chiffchaff (1).