Thursday, 31 October 2013

Beaten by the weather!

With a fairly strong westerly wind and light rain my expectations were not high. Arriving at The Point at c07.30 DW and AJG were already there watching from their cars I stuck it out till c09.15 combined totals: all west unless stated.
Red-throated Diver: 1
Great-crested Grebe: 28  +  9 o/s
Gannet: 86
Brent Goose: 4
Common Scoter: 165
Velvet Scoter: 1 (which I missed)
Red-breasted Merganser: 3
Sandwich Tern: 24
Kittiwake: 17
Little Gull: 13  (2 parties of 7 and 6)
Mediterranean Gull: 1 o/s
Auk sp: 5
Starling: 1085 in
From the causeway 1 Great White Egret and 5 Little Egrets could be seen on New Diggings.
On the ARC from Hanson the Glossy Ibis still running around the fast disappearing islands, 4 Little Egrets, 8 Common Snipe, a Dunlin, a Goldeneye and 2 Marsh Harriers were the highlights. The common wildfowl numbers seem to have diminished since the storm.
At a very wet and windswept Scotney GP small numbers of the common dabblers and diving duck. Nothing of note among the feral geese.
Early afternoon on the reserve I got a soaking on my way to Makepiece, from there 3 Great White Egrets, 5 Little Egrets and a Black-necked Grebe were all I could see of note through the rain, an early day beckoned.  

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