Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Skua's, Balearics and Pecs

A wander around the bushes this morning found only a few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps with a few Meadow Pipits and Linnets over head.
A sea watch from the fishing boats this morning with AJG was slow but the marauding Arctic Skuas kept us amused for an hour, also seen:
Wigeon: 122 w
Teal: 120 w
Common Scoter: 30 w
Brent Goose: 5w 3E
Razorbill: 1 on sea
Bar-tailed Godwit: 2
Sanderling: 3w
Curlew: 1E
Arctic Skua: 2 around
2 Seals and several Harbour Porpoises off shore
Who is chasing who? at the fishing boats this morning.
At the ARC from Hanson:
Pectoral Sandpiper: 2
Curlew Sandpiper: 2
Dunlin: 6
Ruff: 2
Black-tailed Godwit: 2
Common Snipe: 21
Golden Plover: 150+
Lapwing: 300+
Spotted Redshank: 1 at the south end
Great White Egret: 1 along with all the usual wildfowl.
Balearic Shearwaters 
A surprise in another sea watch this evening with DW in form of a party of 5 Balearic Shearwaters moving west. Off shore 4+ Arctic Skua's were beating up the Sandwich Terns, 30 Teal moved west as did 81 Brent Geese. Several harbour Porpoises still off shore.

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