Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Autumn Migration begins!

At The Patch this morning c200 Common Terns, c20 Sandwich Terns, 2 Little Terns, 1 Black Tern, 1 Juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 2 Kittiwakes among the 100s of Black-headed and Herring Gulls. Behind the hide the first 3 Willow Warblers of the Autumn for me.
Willow Warbler behind The Patch hide
 In 2 visits to The ARC 5 Wood Sandpipers, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egrets and a Garganey were the highlights.
Little Egret from the Screen Hide
In 3 sea watches today I managed 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3+ Arctic Terns, 3+ Black Terns, 3 Arctic Skuas, c200 Gannets, 6 Kittiwakes, 1 Mediterranean Gull, the usual Little Gull put in several appearances, c150 Common Scoter flew west, c30 east and 3 Dunlin east.

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