Friday, 18 April 2014

Garganey and Baltic Gull!

07.50-08.20 from the sea watch hide was predictably slow considering the fresh north wind. Indeed after half an hour and a grand total of 8 Gannets west, c20 Comic Terns over The Patch and the highlight of 3 Little Egrets coming in at 08.05. 
At the ARC a drake Garganey showed well at the south end, From the causeway 7+ Little Gulls and 3 Black-necked Grebes could be seen.
I was unable to locate the Long-tailed Duck on a wind swept Scotney, but 2 Little Gulls could be seen.
 Garganey southern end of ARC
 A plod around the reserve found the Hookers Bittern still booming, several Bearded Tits and Sedge Warblers and 7 Black-tailed Godwits on Hayfield 3.
 A call early evening from DW about a very good candidate for Baltic Gull on Burrowes from Makepiece, saw me watching it a few minutes later. It was as usual for Burrowes fairly distant, but my poor images show just how small and black this bird is against a Great Black Backed Gull but lacks detail, I believe it to be a Baltic Gull.

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