Grey PhalaropeThis mornings sea watch 06.15 to 09.15 then 10.40-11.40 with AJG who kindly collated all the numbers also SO & OM.
Common Scoter: 11E 6 on
Red-throated Diver: 1W
Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Kestrel: 1 out
Turnstone: 4 around
Grey Phalarope: 1 around
Arctic Skua: 38W
Mediterranean Gull: 13+ around
Sandwich Tern: 657W
Common Tern 49W
Arctic Tern 4W
Meadow Pipit: 436W
1cy Mediterranean Gull
Tree PipitWhile we were at the observatory having a cup of tea Dave Bunney called to say that an Osprey was currently heading round The Point, we all ran to the top of The Moat where we could see all the Gulls alarming and then Osprey appeared from behind the lighthouse and headed off West, many Meadow Pipits were flying around the observatory and many were caught in the Crow trap and processed, also a Tree Pipit dropped onto the wires by the observatory.
5 Spoonbills on Burrowes, 1 is tagged but to distant to read
A very poor image of the Pectoral Sandpiper that made a brief visit to Firth at lunchtime
Egyptian Geese with a late brood of 5 young on Burrowes
1 of at least 8 Cattle Egrets at Boulderwall today
On the ARC from Hanson early afternoon, 3 Great White Egrets, a Knot, 4 Dunlin, 4 Black Terns, 2+ Arctic Terns, 3+ Garganey, a Bittern (just), also good numbers of Hirundines over the lake.
Great White Egret not enjoying the rain
Spot the Bittern
The Spoonbills weren't impressed by the Greylag Geese coming in to roost.
Flag and colour ring combination just about discernible