Tuesday, 21 August 2012

All at Sea

Quiet again at The Patch this morning with 1+ Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern, c30 Common Terns, C15 Sandwich Terns, 1 Little Gull, 2 Black Redstarts on the power station and 2 Wheatears by the red and white gate.
After chat at the obs and another lesson in moth ID I went back to the ARC where I met MH and was joined by RK and TW from Sussex. The company was good but the birds were disappointing with just 1 Little Gull, 1+ Garganey, 2 Redshank, 3 common Sandpipers, c50 Golden Plover, 2 Marsh Harriers and c100 Sand Martins, also we only managed 2+ Tree Sparrows at Boulderwall but the feeders were empty.

Part of a flock of 28 Black Terns
 After parting company I went down to the sea from the concrete road where I spent c3hours. The stars of the afternoon were 2 flocks of Black Terns 28 and 24 respectively.
Gannets: off shore the whole time.
Common Scoter: 7E 12W
Turnstone: 3 on beach
Arctic Skua: c4 off shore
Little Gull: 1W
Yellow-Legged Gull: 1 on beach
Kittiwake: 3W
Black Tern: 55W  (28+24+1+1+1)
Sandwich Tern: c25 off shore
Common Tern: c50 off shore
Arctic Tern: 2 juveniles W
Swift: 1 out
Sand Martin: 8 out
Harbour Porpoise: 6+ off shore
Grey Seal: 1
Black Tern

Common Tern

Sandwich Tern

Arctic Skua

Juvenile Turnstone

Yellow-legged Gull

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