Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Skuas, Geese and a pair of Partridges.

Another good sea watch this morning with 16 Arctic and 10 Great Skuas, plus a sprinkling of Terns waders and Scoter  also 1 Pomarine Skua which went through before I arrived. Once again the Pomarine Skuas that went past Splash Point and Beachy head failed to cross the border into Kent.
Bean Geese at Scotney showing the injured wing.
Late morning wandering around the trapping area 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps were seen. A message from PT that 2 Bean Geese were at Scotney gave me the excuse to leave the trapping area. On arrival it was obvious that one of the Bean Geese had an injured wing, the reason that they have not gone.
 On the way to The Midrips a Yellow wagtail posed at Jurys Gap, At The Midrips a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 2 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin, a Greenshank, 36 Shelduck, 2 Wheatears and 2 Grey Partridges a real rarity on the marsh these days.
Little Ringed Plover at The Midrips
The highlights of another sea watch this evening 16.55-18.30 saw 7 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 5 Red Throated Divers, 76 Common Scoter and 464 Common Terns.

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