Saturday, 31 December 2011

3 Great White Egrets at Dunge!

On Walland this morning 32 Bewick Swans(2juvs), 100+ Fieldfare, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Common Buzzard and 20+ Tree Sparrows on and around the feeders.
Taken on my mobile phone
 On the beach a Razorbill came ashore and eventually made its way up the beach to settle between my feet out of the wind. Sadly on close inspection the bird does have a lot of oil on its underparts and will probably end up dinner for a Great Black Backed Gull.
The beach fisherman were catching Whiting and when they through them back the stunned fish were soon picked off by the Gulls.

Down in one
 In c2hrs this morning 2000+ Auks moved SW as did c250 Red Throated Divers, 200 Gannets, 50+ Kittiwakes, 3 Brent Geese, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Bonxies, and 1 Balearic Shearwater. On the sea still several hundred Great Crested Grebes being joined by 100+ Cormorants and many Auks dropping in to feed for a while. The Caspian Gull was again showing well though the Glaucous Gull is sometimes more elusive but showed in the end.

Caspian Gull presumably bringing up fish bones
On the ARC Pit from the causeway 4 red head Smew, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Great White Egret and on New Diggings 8 Little Egrets and 2 more Great White Egrets, with all 3 on view at the same time.

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