Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Entertaining Chiffy!

As I drove to the fishing boats this morning 2 Great White Egrets could be seen on the New Excavations.
From the fishing boats 07.15-08.15:
Gannet: 4 up   2 down
Teal: 10 down
Shoveller: 2 down
Wigeon: 33 down
Brent Goose: 21 up   49 down
Arctic Skua: 2 around
Common Tern: 2 around
Sandwich Tern: c15 around
Guillemot: 1 off shore
Swallow: 232 north
Meadow Pipit: 103 north
Linnet: flock of c70 around the beach
Chiffchaff: 1 keeping me entertained picking insects from the underside of the boat.
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 2+
 Chiffchaff on fishing boat rudder.
 Chiffchaff at the fishing boats
 Chiffchaff at the fishing boats
 Chiffchaff with moth that it plucked from under the boats. (no doubt a first for Britain)
A walk from the observatory covering The Desert, Lighthouse Garden, Lloyds, West beach and part or the trapping area, not including The moat which was full of Chiffchaffs sporting shiny new rings saw of note:
Peregrine: 2
Sparrowhawk: 5
Kestrel: 6
Swallow: 107
Meadow Pipit: 203
Wheatear: 3
Black Redstart: 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 2 in from the sea
Green Woodpecker: 2
Chiffchaff: 38
Blackcap: 4
Hare: 1 
Fox: 1 
 Great Spotted Woodpecker(male)
 Great spotted Woodpecker(female)
Early Afternoon at the ARC from Hanson saw 2 Garganey still, the Red-crested Pochard, a Black-necked Grebe, c150 Golden Plover, c200 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Marsh Harrier along with large numbers of the common wildfowl. The Glossy Ibis was at the south end of the ARC.
 Little Gulls
This afternoon from the fishing boats 15.05-16.35(I arrived at 15.25 in time to see the distant Sooty)
Gannet 2
Sooty Shearwater 1 up at 1510 and one down at 1545(up at c150m distance, other probably same bird at 1 mile)
Scoter 8 down
Teal 5 down
Wigeon 1 down
Little Gull 5 juv down
Sandwich Tern 59 down
Common Tern 1 down
Guillemot: 1 on sea

Swallow 303 down

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