Sunday, 9 February 2014

Glossy Ibis!

Once again I woke up to the rain battering against the bedroom window, once again I went back to sleep.  When I eventually got up I drove the short distance to Scotney where a Black-necked Grebe was in the bay by the double bends. In the distance near the wind turbines 1,000+ Lapwings with a few Golden Plover and Dunlin had been flushed from the fields. A Marsh Harrier hunted along the far bank and a Great White Egret and 2 Little Egrets could be seen on the back pit.  
Black-necked Grebe Scotney. 
 Driving to the point I stopped on the causeway where I could see a Black-throated Diver on the New Diggings along with 2 Great White Egrets sheltering under the west bank. Another Great White Egret on the ARC, a red head Smew and 4 Goldeneye among the many Pochard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Shoveler and Gadwall.
From The Point in a 50 minute visit this morning and another visit of a couple of hours this afternoon, highlights were 27 Fulmars west, 6 Pintail west, 8+ Little Gulls, and few each of Gannet and Kittiwake, only a handful of Auks were present off shore today. Despite there being 1,000s of Gulls along the shoreline nothing unusal was found. A dead Porpoise was washed up near the fishing boats.  
Late afternoon from Firth hide overlooking Burrowes Pit a red head Smew and red head Goosander were close in front the hide, 2 Marsh Harriers could be seen over the Oppen Pits and at 16.37 the Glossy Ibis came into roost in the bushes between Firth Hide and Makepiece.

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