Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Brent Geese in July!

No sign of the Roseate Terns at The Patch this morning but still 3 Little Gulls, at least 7 Mediterranean Gulls, (2 Juvs, 1 1st Summer, 2 2nd Summer and 2 Ads), 500+ Black-headed Gulls, c10 Sandwich Terns, c10 Common Terns. Off shore just a few Gannets and c50 Common Scoter flew West. By the car car park a male Black Redstart a different individual from the one at the back of The Patch.
At the ARC from Hanson hide in the company of MH and joined by PT, 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Little Egrets and a Marsh Harrier were the highlights.
Late morning an hour drinking tea and staring at Burrowes from the Visitor Centre with MH and King Squacco was fairly productive after recent days with 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Geese and newly fledged Common Gull.
Early afternoon at Springfield Bridge found the Great white Egret still in situ and 2 Mediterranean Gulls over.
At Scotney a surprise in the form of a flock of 7 Egyptian Geese and the usual 100s of Greylags and Canada Geese  but little else.

 An hour or so at the fishing boats this afternoon found a 1st summer Little Gull hawking and roosting with Black-headed Gulls, 3 Mediterranean Gulls with them and several Sandwich Terns. 5 Common Scoter flew east but the biggest surprise was 6 Brent Geese that flew east.

The biggest surprise of the day 6 Brent Geese moving East
Yesterday evening 2 Green Sandpipers and a Wood Sandpiper at The Midrips per CT. I was going to go there this evening but the rain stopped that. 

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