Saturday, 26 April 2014

A stunning sea watch!

Arriving at the beach at c07.00 I realised I was to late get in the sea watch hide comfortably, so I opted for The Patch Hide where I spent the morning with Paul W. in comfort and more importantly dry. The 2 of us did not see quite as much those in the sea watch hide but we were comfortable and dry.
Red-throated Diver: 23E
Black-throated Diver: 4E
Great northern Diver: 1E
Fulmar: 58E
Gannet: c200E
Brent Goose: 104E
Common Scoter: c250E
Red Breasted Merganser: 4E
Peregrine: 1 terrorising the Terns over The Patch
Whimbrel: 15E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 270E
Arctic Skua: 18E
Great Skua: 34E
Black Tern: 35E
Little Tern: 6E
Common /Arctic Tern: c3,000E a complete guestimate as they were passing so quickly in flocks of numbering 100s.
Sandwich Tern: c50E
Kittiwake: 6E
Doubtless the days totals will at least double ours.
A stop off at the ARC on the way home for breakfast saw 8 Black Terns (40 + seen there earlier) and c50 Arctic Terns.
Before I could have breakfast news of 2 Black Winged Stilts on the reserve saw me go to the hayfields where the 2 birds performed admirably. Also there a Little Ringed Plover, a superb White Wagtail and the bonus of a Wood Sandpiper.

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