Thursday, 16 August 2012

Pied Flycatcher

On its way to Gaza
 With little moving at sea this morning a short watch was in order. A few Terns and Gannets, the Little Gull and Black Tern were seen. Probably the most interesting sighting was The Estelle on its way to the Gaza blockade.
 On the ARC the highlights were the 2 Little Stints still, a good count of 34 Redshank, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Ringed Plovers, 7 Golden Plovers, a Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Egrets, 5 Garganey, the large juvenile female Peregrine, 2 Marsh harriers and c200 Sand Martins.
 A text from BP had me plodding out to Hookers for a Pied Flycatcher. On the way 2 Whimbrel in the fields, a Raven over, 2 Yellow Wagtails over and 4 Swifts. In the bushes with the flycatcher several Reed Warblers and a Willow Warbler. On my way back to the car 2 Marsh Harriers and a couple of Tree sparrows at Boulderwall.
 A couple of hours at the fishing boats this afternoon found no improvement in the sea bird passage. 5+ Harbour Porpoises kept me entertained some coming close in shore, but very difficult to get good pics of them.

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