Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Torrential rain and a little passage.

A day of torrential rain with a brief respite early afternoon when most of the Tern and Skua passage took place.
07.40-09.40 + 10.40-11.30 + 12.35-16.50 from the fishing boats with AJG & DW.
All are down channel unless stated. 
Fulmar: 17
Gannet: 104
Great-crested Grebe: 6 off shore
Common Scoter: 240    6 up
Teal: 54
Mallard: 1
Whimbrel: 91 
Bar-tailed Godwit: 110 
Grey Plover: 70 
Ringed Plover: 3 
Redshank: 2 over
Turnstone: 6 around
Dunlin: 4 
Knot: 13 
Arctic Skua: 8     +5 around
Kittiwake: 12
Mediterranean Gull: 1 around
Yellow-legged Gull: 1 around
Sandwich Tern: c100 around
Common Tern: 1,032 
Arctic Tern 2 
Black Tern: 11 
Little Tern: 62
Wheatear: 2
Yellow Wagtail: 26
Sand Martin: c1650 West
Swallow: c750 West
Swift: 38 West
Clouded Yellow: 1 in
Harbour Porpoise: 2+ off shore
Thanks to AJG for collating the numbers.

Reed Warbler
Mid morning from the Screen hide a Little Stint, 2 Spotted Redshanks, Common Redshank, 2 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 6 Golden Plover, 2+ Garganey, a Black-necked Grebe, 2 juvenile Water Rails, several each of Reed & Sedge Warbler with 1,000+ Sand Martins and 5 the juvenile Swallows still hanging around the hide.
juvenile Water Rail
Sedge Warbler
4 of the 5 juvenile Swallows
2 Little Ringed Plovers on puddles behind the hide
Spotted flycatcher ARC car park
Around the ARC car park a large mixed flock of Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits with several each of Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Sedge and Reed Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher.
Juvenile Lesser black Backed Gull  (V.X6J)
Colour ringed Lesser Black Backed Gull on the beach this afternoon.

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