Sunday, 25 May 2014


07.45-10.00 from the sea watch hide:
Fulmar: 3E 1W
Manx shearwater: 1W
Gannet: 95E 47W
Common Scoter: 149E 24W
Great Skua: 2E
Arctic Skua: 2E
Commic Tern: 53E
Sandwich Tern: n/c
Kittiwake: 2W
Guillemot: 3W 1E
Swallow: 8 in

 A couple of hours this morning spent by the screen hide trying photograph the up to 6 Hobby's there, also a couple of Marsh Harriers there with the usual reed bed warblers, a Cuckoo and 2 Mediterranean Gulls over.

I managed to miss another or the same group of 4 Bee-eaters at The Point lunchtime and another heard over the reserve this afternoon.
Early afternoon from Springfield Bridge 16+ Hobby's over Dengemarsh with c100 Swifts.
90 minutes staring out across the marsh from Plodland saw 3 Common Buzzards, 3 Marsh Harriers, 6+Hobby's, 2 Peregrines, a Raven and 2 Little Egrets of note.
This evening a wander around the hay fields with CT saw the drake Garganey still in 3 with several each Shelduck, Mallard and Gadwall, a Teal and the inevitable Crows also 5 black-tailed Godwits dropped in, with the wind dropping out completely c100 Swallows appeared with the Swifts over the fields feasting on the myriads of insects that were about tonight, the Bittern was booming half heartedly but a Cuckoo was in fine song.


  1. You might not have got on to a Bee-eater yet Martin, but would a Roller be of some compensation? When on your own and with frame-filling images?

  2. I'd be very happy with a Roller Steve. Galloways would be a great place to find one.