Friday, 22 April 2011

Superb Ouzel

 An early start at the point was not wasted with a Pom going through at 06.20 though the rest of the morning watch was a little slow. With 2 Arctic Skuas , 1 Little Gull, a few Whimbrel,Sanderling, Red Throated Divers, Oystercatchers,Common Scoter and Red-Breasted Mergansers and the usual Common and Sandwich Terns and Gannets. After a few  hours i decided to look at the bushes which apart from the now resident Wheatears and Whitethroats held nothing new, so i went to the ARC Pit to try and relocate yesterdays Ring Ouzel fortunately as i pulled up it hopped out from the Sallows and showed well. The RSPB is still alive with Sedge, Cetti's and Reed Warblers. At Hookers pit the Bittern is still booming , 4 Bearded Tits gave tantalising views and 4 Marsh Harriers Tussled overhead. I went back to the beach at 13.30- 15.00 and in that time the passage picked up with 360 Whimbrel, 226 Common Scoter, 11 Velvet Scoters, 2 Bonxies, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Red Breasted Mergansers,4 Bar-Tailed Godwits, 2 Red Throated Divers, 6 Med Gulls and a Merlin along the beach. On the way home i looked for yesterdays Turtle Dove to no avail but had compensation in the form of a Cuckoo and 2 Common Sandpipers on th Military Canal.

Whimbrel and 1 Barwit this afternoon

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