Saturday, 25 February 2012

Loads of Grebes

c2,000 Great Crested Grebes on a flat calm sea at The Point this morning. With them 100+ Cormorants, 20+ Red Throated Divers and a few Auks and Kittiwakes. Despite intensive scanning none of the rarer Grebes could be found among them.
On the New Diggings 23 Smew(2 drakes), 4 Goldeneye and a Great White Egret.
Round the ARC 3+ red head Smew, 8  Goldeneye, 200+ Shoveler, 150+ Gadwall, 100+ Teal, 3 Pintail but just a handful of Wigeon. Waders were represented by 46 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 8 Oystercatchers, 200+ Lapwing, 150+ Golden Plover and a fly over Redshank.
Raptors included 3+ Marsh Harriers, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine and 2 Sparrowhawks. 3 Chiffchaffs at the pines with 1 singing and at least 8 Cetti's Warblers around. A high flying Bittern came in from Lade and dropped into one of the Tower Pits.
On Walland no sign of any Bewick Swans at the usual spots but plenty of Tree Sparrows at the feeders, 3 Marsh Harriers and 2 Common Buzzards.

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