Wryneck – Matthew Barfield
The Wryneck showed well for around an hour this morning in the fenced area of the Long Field; but other than a couple of Wheatear on the Barn Field, and the occasional calls of Chiffchaff and Blackcap, Hengistbury seemed devoid of settled migrants. Overhead, however, there was a steady, westerly movement of hirundines – mostly Swallow, but also some House Martin – plus a constant sound of Meadow Pipit and at least 4 Skylark. There was, perhaps, more of note in the afternoon, when a juvenile Garganey associated with the Wigeon in Stanpit Bight, along with a first-calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull there; a further return of the latter came from Mudeford Quay, so may have been the same bird. Also from the quay and looking across the Run to the sandspit, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and a Whimbrel, while, beyond, 3 Common Scoter and at least 20 Gannet headed towards the Solent. Moving back to the marsh and the best-of-the-rest were: 2 Knot, a Greenshank, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Black-tailed Godwit; a first-winter Common Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull; a Yellow Wagtail and a Wheatear; the Pintail; and around 35 Sandwich Tern.