Thursday, 29 March 2012

A brilliant walk in the woods

A very poor sea watch from the hide 0715-0830 produced:
Red-throated Diver: 12E
Gannet: 32E
Mallard: 1E
Common scoter: 27E
Mediterranean Gull: 2E
Sandwich Tern: 8E
6+ Harbour Porpoise off shore.

 A look around the Lighthouse revealed just the RubicolaStonechat. Next stop the obs where Ray Turley's memorial has been erected in the front garden.
 As not much avian movement around the obs TG and myself decided on woodland walk in Orlestone Forest. As we walked out of the car park we met BH and CT who joined us on our ramble through the woods. A lesser Spotted Woodpecker was heard but not seen where I saw them a couple of weeks ago, we eventually saw one c1 mile further on. Also seen were Great and Green Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Blue, Great, Long-tailed and Coal Tits, Bullfinches, Goldcrests, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, 2 Woodcocks, Thrushes and Corvids, Tawny Owl and Common Buzzards were heard as were Redpolls and CT saw a Brambling. Also a Wood Mouse, a Weasel, 6+Brimstones, several Peacocks an Orange Tip, also several Orange Underwings

 On the way back to to the beach we saw a Little Ringed Plover(First for the year) at the south end of the ARC Pit.
An hour watching the sea this afternoon:

Brent Geese: 217E
Sandwich Tern: 58E
5+ Harbour Porpoises off shore.

Harbour Porpoises

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