Friday, 23 August 2013

Thin Fare

Very little of note on the sea this morning, the same dark phase Arctic Skua that has been around for some time chasing a few Terns that were moving up channel along with a few Gannets.
A walk up to the north end of the Long Pits including The Moat, Lloyds, West Beach and The Lighthouse found 34 Willow Warblers, 25 Common Whitethroats, 8 Reed Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, a Whinchat, the Cuckoo for its fourth day and 6 Swallows.
Another sea watch this evening from the fishing boats was poor, with just a few Terns, Gannets, 20+ Common Scoter and the same Arctic Skua,  especially as Tony and Brenda had seen 11 Balearic Shearwaters from there earlier.
After the sea watch I went back to the ARC where the only waders were a single Greenshank and 4 Oystercatchers. Not a single Lapwing or Golden Plover. 3 Green Sandpipers flew over towards the reserve and the Black-necked Grebe could be seen.

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