Sunday, 15 May 2016

15th of May: Oystercatcher trio still together

Year after year, the same Oystercatcher trio have shared a nest near the Lifeboat House. This season they are back again and still together. The trio consists of two females and a male. This year the females have laid three eggs each...

Shared Oystercatcher nest (A. Tegala)

There is now a total of 12 Oystercatcher nests along the Landing Ridge.

Unlike the lucky male Oystercatcher who has two partners, there has been a lonely Red-legged Partridge on the Point for the last two years. For two whole years, it has hung around with Grey Partridges or spent time wondering the dunes alone. But this week, it was spotted with a second Red-legged Partridge! We bet it thought the day would never come!

Another nice discovery was this Dotterel on Thursday:
Dotterel in Great Sandy Low (D. Wynn)

Other migrants this week have included Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Spotted Flycatcher.
Spotted Flycatcher in the Plantation (D. Wynn)

Our latest seal count recorded 10 Grey and 112 Common Seals hauled out on the West Sands. A slightly unexpected mammal sighting was this curious Muntjac caught investigating one of our of our trail cameras...

- Ajay, Coastal Ranger

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