Friday, 17 August 2012

Another victim of a Angler

At the point this morning little of note 0800-0900:

Fulmar: 2w
Gannet: 107w  42E
Common Scoter: 9E  4w
Little Gull: 1 at The Patch
Common Tern: c200 moving into Hythe bay
Swift: 1 in
Harbour Porpoise: 8+
At the ARC lees waders than of late but still 2 Little Stints, 9 Common Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3+ Garganey and c100 Sand Martins.
Cap Blanc Nez from Dungeness
This afternoon the french coast was very clear which did not bode well for a sea watch. In 3 hrs:
Balearic Shearwater: 1w
Fulmar: 1E
Gannets: 32W 14E
Black Tern: 2 off shore
Common Tern: 40+ off shore
Arctic Tern: 1 Juvenile off shore
Arctic Skua: 1W
Sand Martin: 7 out
Harbour Porpoise: 11+
Grey Seal: 1
Juvenile Herring Gull fighting a losing battle to stay afloat
A juvenile Herring Gull flew into a fisherman's line, instead of trying to free the bird, he remained in his chair and cut his line, leaving the gull entangled with the weights dragging it down. The gull lasted c10 minutes before it drowned. The gulls wing was probably broken when it flew into the line and would probably have perished any way. Although the collision was not the fisherman's fault it was the callous way he made no attempt to aid the gull.

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