Thursday, 14 November 2013

Cap Gris Nez

I visited Cap Gris Nez again today with AJG and SO. We spent most the time sea watching, with superb light there that as usual lets you see the birds in there true colours.  It was shame that most the birds weren't as close as they usually are, had it been anywhere on Although not the best sea watch we have had there,the English south coast it would have been very good.
Common Scoter in light that we on the South coast rarely see them.
 07.30 - 13.30:
Red-throated Diver: 37
Black-throated Diver: 19
Great Northern Diver: 1
Sooty Shearwater: 7
Balearic Shearwater: 1
Gannet: 1,815
Spoonbill: 4
Common Scoter: c300
Velvet Scoter: 1
Brent Goose: 5
Shelduck: 2
Pintail: c25
Wigeon: c50
Gadwall: 4
Merlin: 1
Curlew: 3
Bar-tailed Godwit: 1
Dunlin: c500
Great Skua: 35
Arctic Skua: 1
Sandwich Tern: 2
Little Gull: 18 (Many more very distant)
Mediterranean Gull: c40
Kittiwake: c750
Auks: 715
Grey Seal: 2
In the wood above Cap Gris Nez very little, but a Short-toed Treecreeper showed well and a Goldcrest and a Common Buzzard. In the surrounding fields small flocks of Fieldfare and good numbers of Skylarks.
A distant Black-throated Diver but easily identified because of the superb light at Cap Gris Nez.


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