Monday, 17 November 2014

Little Gulls & Divers

 An hour at the fishing boats first thing this morning with AJG, in gloomy virtually windless conditions, seemed a very long hour with little moving. We did not take much persuading to retire to the observatory for a cup of tea. On the way 3 Black Redstarts were performing by the track to the obs. A short walk out to the trapping area was cut short by the arrival of the rain though we did see a few Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs, 4 Fieldfares and lots of Robins. After a cup of tea and putting the world to rights, the wind picked up and the rain eased, AJG went back out into the trapping area while I drove down to the fishing boats. On arrival the rain became torrential for a few minutes. As the rain cleared I let the car window down and the first bird was a Great Northern Diver flying high c200 yds off shore, then the sea seemed full of birds. I watched with AJG and DW till 12.10 when I had to attend an appointment but was back at 14.05 til 16.00 joined by MH and AJG. 
 1 of 3 Black Redstarts by the track to the observatory this morning
Dark-bellied Brent Goose: 12 W
Pale-bellied Brent Goose: 1 W
Teal: 2 E      2 on sea drifting west
Eider: 1 drake on sea then flew W
Common Scoter: 20 W   2 E
Red-breasted Merganser: 3 W
Red-throated Diver: 27 W    2 on sea
Black-throated Diver:  7 W
Great Northern Diver: 1 W
Gannet: 91 W
Great Skua: 5 W
Mediterranean Gull: 2 W
Little Gull: 402 W
Kittiwake: 201 W
Auk sp: 22 W

On the reserve at least 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Great White Egrets and 2 Slavonian Grebes per MH.

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