Saturday, 8 March 2014

A small Arrival!

This morning 07.20-08.20 from the point:
Red-throated Diver: 5W    2E   2 on sea
Great Crested Grebe: c50 off shore
Fulmar: 1W
Gannets: 37E    6W
Brent Goose: 3E   (almost stratospheric)
Shoveller: 5E
Common Scoter: 70W      8E
Merlin: 1 over beach
Oystercatcher: 3E     1W
Sandwich Tern: 1E
Guillemot: c50 off shore
Driving off the beach at c08.30 the lifeboat car park was already full and with wall to wall sunshine expected today The Point and reserve was going to get busy, so I stayed away for the rest of the day.
From the causeway 2 Great white Egrets and 2 Little Egrets at the south end of the ARC, at least 1 Black Throated Diver still on the New Diggings. Once again I did not see the Glossy Ibis in the field with the Emu/Rhea whichever, but it was reported there later in the day. At Scotney the 3 duck Scaup still present but no sign of the drake, the Black-necked Grebe was still present.    
 In Dengemarsh Gully early afternoon 4 Firecrests (2 more around the lighthouse and West Beach per DG) 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Stonechats also in the Gully. By the power station 2 ravens could be seen. 4 more Stonechats around Galloways.

                           The local Little Owl was sun bathing on the chicken shed roof. 

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