Thursday, 18 October 2012


2 hours at the fishing boats  this morning was a let down after yesterday. Even so 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 1+ Arctic Skua, a few Common Scoter, a single Eider, 2 Red-throated Divers, a few each of Razorbills and Guillemots with more Auk sp, along with a few Sandwich Terns and Gannets passed by off shore. c300 Swallows went out and c400 Goldfinches and c30 Siskins moved over the beach. It was good to see that the Glaucous Gull was getting back into its old routine.
 At the ARC from Hanson a Merlin flashed across the lake, a Little Stint, a Knot and a Snipe were on whats left of the islands. A Great White Egret flew in being harassed by a Grey Heron and a Goldeneye was present., in the bushes Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs, Cetti's Warblers and Water Rail squealed. At the pines a Crossbill flew over, a Ring Ouzel, Redwing, several Song Thrushes and 3 Marsh Harriers were seen.
 At the reserve on  Burrowes pit 2 more Great White Egrets, 6 Jays flew over as did a Sparrowhawk and a 1w Yellow-legged Gull.

 In the gull roost on the reserve late this afternoon an adult Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull courtesy of DW.

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