Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Common Terns

Common Terns moving east over mirror calm sea this morning. 
 Sea watch hide 07.10-09.10 with AJG and BC:
Red-throated Diver: 1E
Great Crested Grebe: 9 o/s
Gannet: 7E   2W
Shelduck: 3E
Common Scoter: 16E    8W
Oystercatcher: 9E
Sanderling: 3E
Dunlin: 1E
Arctic Skua: 1 o/s
Little Tern: 1E
Black Tern: 2E
Common Tern: 374E   800+ had already gone E before I arrived per BC
Roseate Tern: 1E    5 minutes before I arrived
Grey Seal: 1 o/s
Harbour Porpoise: 2+ o/s
A pristine Striped Hawk Moth trapped at Greatstone by BB
Greater Whitefronted Goose with Greylags and Canada Geese.
Late morning visit to the Scotney complex with AJG found of note, at least 17 adult Avocets with at least 9 young, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Whimbrel and Curlew over, 3 pairs of Oystercatchers, a family of Pied Wagtails, 20+ Yellow Wagtails, 5+ Corn Buntings, 4+ Skylarks, a Whitefronted Goose with Greylags and Canada Geese and c200 Mute Swans.
Mid afternoon at a drizzly Dengemarsh 2 Hobby's were showing well and 50+ Swifts were hawking over the marsh. I couldn't find any Garganey on Hayfield 3 but they may be tucked away in the reeds at the bottom of the field.
This afternoon at The Point with AJG:
Fulmar: 1E
Gannet: 9E
Arctic Skua: 1 o/s
Little Tern: 2E
Common Tern: 267E
Sandwich Tern: 84E

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