Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Purple Heron and Skuas

Most of the day was spent sea watching except for the Purple Heron twitch.
Totals for watches: 05.30-10.00, 14.35-15-45, 16.50-19.00 Thanks to AJG for collating the totals. 
Red throated Diver 10E 
Fulmar 9E 
Gannet 107E 
Brent Goose 125E
Scoter 1,082E     40W
Velvet Scoter: 2E
Eider 7 females E
Garganey 1E
Knot 15E
Oystercatcher 137E
Whimbrel 13E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 14E
Razorbill 1W
Guillemot 2 on
Auk sp 22 E
Arctic skua 25E 
Bonxie 16E 
Med Gull 2
Kittiwake 3E    6W
Little Gull 21E
Common Tern 1,247E
Arctic Tern 2 E
Little Tern 17 E
Black Tern 10E
Sandwich Tern 235E
Swallow 13 in
Harbour Porpoise: 8+ 
Grey Seal: 1
Purple heron
 A call from the joker at c10.40 alerted me to a Purple Heron he had seen drop into the Hookers reed bed viewed from the ramp. The Heron was not showing when I arrived but a Sedge Warbler giving regular song flights helped to pass the time, along with 2 Marsh Harriers, a Greenshank and a couple of Swallows. The Heron eventually gave good flight views before landing partially obscured in the reeds where it caught a huge fish.  A Cuckoo showed quite well on the way back to the car as did a Dunlin and a Greenshank in the Dengemarsh Flood. My first Lesser Whitethroat of the year was singing in a traditional spot near the Dengemarsh hide.
Purple Heron
Sedge Warbler in song flight

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