Thursday, 13 February 2014

A bit of Sunshine

Within minutes of arriving at the fishing boats at 08.00 the rain arrived causing the what little off shore movement there was to end abruptly. I cut my losses and had an extra breakfast.
Mid morning at Scotney the Black-necked Grebe and Long-tailed Duck were still insitu but little else of note in the still falling rain. The New Diggings still held 2 Black-throated Divers and a Great White Egret was at the south end of the ARC.
Midday at The Patch the rain had stopped and the sun was shining, 19+ Little Gulls and 4+ Mediterranean Gulls were feeding among 100s of Black-headed Gulls. off shore a few Auks were tooing and froing, 2 Red-throated Divers flew east.
Gadwall from Hanson
Mid afternoon from Hanson Hide plenty of common wildfowl, a single red head Smew, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Marsh Harriers and a fly by Bittern.

The Reason the Willow Trail is shut
Late afternoon on the reserve from Firth Hide the usual common wildfowl, red head Goosander and red head Smew. Dozens of Carrion Crows and Magpies flying over to the Oppen Pits to roost and finally at 16.57 the Glossy Ibis came into roost.

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