Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A Crab Banquet for a Purple Sandpiper

07.30 and very murky at the fishing boats this morning, with very little passage. Highlights were:
Brent Goose: 330W
Common Scoter: 234W
Eider: 3W
Great Skua: 2W
Little Gull: 13W
Sandwich Tern: 2W
As the rain got heavier passage came to a full stop.
At the ARC from Hanson the highlights were a Great White Egret, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Marsh Harriers. In the Willow Trail 2+ Water Rails squealing still no Goldcrests.(I have seen more Yellow-browed Warblers than Goldcrests so far this Autumn)
At Scotney the Long-tailed Duck could be seen from the double bends sheltering under the far bank, plenty of the usual feral geese still but little else.
This afternoon on my way back to the beach 2 Great White Egrets at the southern end of the ARC. It was very nice to see a Woodcock that had found its way into the Heligoland Trap being ringed at the observatory its cryptic plumage and huge eyes are superb.
Late afternoon back at the beach near the fishing boats a Purple Sandpiper was cleaning out some of the many crab claws that the storms washed up, its a shame the light was so bad, I was using 1000 iso most the time. While sitting on the beach waiting for the Sandpiper to come to me a Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and a Red Throated Diver flew west 

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