Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Black Redstarts

A sea watch from the end of the concrete road 07.50-0910:
Fulmar: 1E  1W
Gannet: 26W  12E
Common Scoter: 71E
Ringed Plover: 1 on beach
Oystercatcher: 1E
Common Tern: c15 off shore
Sandwich Tern: c10 off shore
Guillemot: 1 on sea
Swift: 36 W
Harbour Porpoise 2+ off shore
From the south end of the ARC 100s of Swifts over the lakes with smaller numbers of House Martins and Swallows.
At West Beach/Lloyds a pair of Black Redstarts were on the fence opposite, shame about the light.

 Midday at The Patch was predictably quiet as the tide was high. Just a few each of Common and Sandwich Tern, Common Scoter 15E 35W, and 4 Great Crested Grebes. Highlight was my second Painted Lady of the year on the Sea Kale at the back of The Patch.
 Mid afternoon at the ARC sheltering in Hanson Hide from the now constant drizzle, a pair of Great Crested Grebes displaying. The summer build up of duck continues with c 50 each of Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall and Coot, with lesser numbers of Teal, Shoveller and Mallard. A Reed Warbler was singing in front the hide as was a Cetti's Warbler and a Marsh Harrier flew across the lake.

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