Thursday, 22 August 2019

 Whinchat at the Observatory
Around The Point this morning although there wasn't many birds there were some nice birds, 2 Whinchats, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear, Black Redstarts, Common and Lesser Whitethroats, Reed Warblers etc. 
Wheatear at the Observatory
 Wasp Spiders around the Observatory
Galloways was quiet with another Pied Flycatcher and a few each of Common Whitethroat and Stonechat but little else.
 Pied Flycatcher at Galloways
On the ARC from Hanson 4 Greenshank, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Redshank, 3 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 12 Garganey, a Great White Egret among the usual Gulls and wildfowl. 
Pointing out the Red Underwing on Hanson Hide
13.00-15.00 from the fishing boats per AJG
Common Scoter: 12W
Coot: 1 drifted east on the tide close inshore (would have been a Dungeness sea watch tick for me)
Arctic Skua: 3W
Sandwich Tern: 144W
Common Tern: 59W
Swallow: 6 out
Sand Martin: 54 out
Pied Flycatcher in a private garden this afternoon, many thanks to Dave Bunney for allowing access

Willow Warbler after a bath
 Hummingbird Hawkmoth
This evening on Burrowes I was unable to find the Black Tern or anything else of note, I did note 3 Norwegian and 1 French ringed Great Black-backed Gull.
Scorched Carpet the best in the trap this morning

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

First thing around The Point fair numbers of Willow Warblers and Common Whitethroats, much smaller numbers of Reed & Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap and very little else.
2 Spotted Redshanks were new into the ARC this morning
3 visits to the ARC saw much the same as the last week or so with the addition of 2 Spotted Redshanks. At least 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and several Garganey still present, also the 2 Little Gulls are still appearing erratically.
13.20-15.30 from the fishing boats with JTM,LH,PH & AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Common Scoter: 5W
Gannet: 7W
Cormorant: present n/c
Scoter 5 down
Arctic Skua: 1W
Kittiwake: 2W
Sandwich Tern: 141W
Common Tern: 25 down
Sand Martin 122 down
Swallow 51 down
1 of 2 Pied Flycatchers at Galloways this afternoon
Late afternoon at Galloways was reasonably productive with 2 Pied flycatchers, a Whinchat, several Stonechats, 2 Ravens, many Common Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Linnets, along with the odd Sedge and Reed Warbler.
This evening on Burrowes a moulting adult Black Tern, 3 Great White Egrets, 2 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpipers of note, also many Swallows hawking high over the reserve. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

1 of 3 Peregrines around the pylons this morning
Still very quiet around The Point avian wise, this morning there were 7 Wheatears around The Moat with a few Meadow Pipits, in the trapping area a few each of Willow Warbler, Common and Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler and Stonechats. From the garden 6+ Common Buzzards and a couple of Marsh Harriers, all of which behaved like local birds, some Sand Martins were moving as well as a couple of Swifts.

Turnstones at the fishing boats
12.45-15.45 from the fishing boats with JTM and AJG who collated the numbers:
Common Scoter: 9W
Gannet: 34W
Cormorant: 7 around
Turnstone: 3 around
Arctic Skua: 1W   2 around
Mediterranean Gull:16W all 1st cal yr
Kittiwake: 3W
Sandwich Tern: 340W
Common Tern: 24W
Sand Martin: 57 out
Grey Seal: 2
Harbour Porpoise: 2
7 of the 10 Garganey from Hanson this evening
At the ARC this evening 10 Garganey, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 3 Dunlin and a Black-tailed Godwit of note among the usual Lapwings and wildfowl.
On Burrowes this evening 2 Black Terns among the Common Terns and 4 Common Sandpipers on the islands.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Juvenile Caspian Gull!

07.45-09.30 from the sea watch hide joined by OL:
Fulmar: 1E
Gannet: 477W   21E
Cormorant: 17 around
Avocet: 3E
Arctic Skua: 1 around  DP
Kittiwake: 6W
Sandwich Tern: 164W
Common Tern: 63W
Sand Martin: 82 out
Harbour Porpoise: 2+
At the ARC from Hanson late morning 3 Wood sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Redshank, Dunlin, several Garganey and the usual wildfowl.
The 3 Avocets going back west past the fishing boats this afternoon
Huge number of Gulls at the fishing boats this afternoon gorging on washed up shellfish
Juvenile Caspian Gull
13.00-15.30 from the fishing boats:
Common Scoter: 3E   5W
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Gannet: 144W
Cormorant: 7 around
Turnstone: 3 around
Avocet: 3W
Arctic Skua: 2W    1 around
Kittiwake: 1W    1 around
Yellow-legged Gull: 8+ around juveniles
Caspian Gull: 1 juvenile
Sandwich Tern: 268W
Common Tern: 199W
Black Tern: 6W
Common Swift: 31 out
Sand Martin: 2 out
Herring Gull with shellfish
A very worn Small Mottled Willow the highlight of this mornings catch 

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Yellow-legged Gulls!

 Swifts over the New Diggings early this morning
07.30-08.30 from the sea watch hide:
Gannet: 30W   11E
Cormorant: 19 around
Arctic Skua: 1 W  DP
Kittiwake: 1 around
Sandwich tern: 64W.    C20 feeding offshore
Common tern: 14W     c15 feeding off shore
Harbour Porpoise: 2+
Hummingbird Hawkmoth: 2 resting on perimeter wall
1 of 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths warming up on the power station perimeter wall
A minimum of 4 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls at the fishing boats this afternoon
I spent a couple of hours at the fishing boats this afternoon with JTM, where a single Arctic Skua was harassing the very few Terns that were present, fortunately there were a few Gulls present which kept us occupied. This evening at the ARC from Hanson 3 Wood Sandpipers, 4 Ruff, Common Sandpipers, Little ringed Plovers etc. Very little change in the last couple of weeks.
 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
  Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
  Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
  Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
  Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
 Fulmar past the fishing boats
 Juvenile/1w Mediterranean Gull at the fishing boats
 Herring Gull feeding on the huge amounts of shellfish and small fry washed up in the gales
 Great Black-backed Gull JK889 at the fishing boats this afternoon I first recorded it a week ago.
Herring Gull MX3T at the fishing boats this afternoon. I last recorded it on 09/02/2019
Red Underwing a common moth but rarely find them in the trap

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Sabine's Gull!

Adult Sabine's Gull
14.15-16.55 from the fishing boats:
Common Scoter: 1E
Fulmar: 1w
Gannet: 19W    5E
Cormorant: 9 around
Arctic Skua: 2 around.  LP + DP
Kittiwake: 6W
Sabines Gull: 1W
Yellow-legged Gull: 1+ juvenile around
Black Tern: 2W adult + juvenile
Sandwich tern: 84W
Common Tern: 72W
Swift: 5 out
Harbour Porpoise: 2
Grey seal: 2
Adult Sabine's Gull at the fishing boats this afternoon

 Juvenile Kittiwake almost as nice Sabine's
Common Terns on the move off the fishing boats this afternoon