Sunday, 28 December 2014

Winter Winds!

An hours watch 08.00-09.00 from the fishing boats in a bitingly cold NE wind. The only count I made as birds were streaming up channel into the bay was of 84 Red-throated Divers, Auks mainly Guillemots numbered in the 100s as did Gannets, Cormorants and Great-crested Grebes with Kittiwakes in the 10s. On the horizon 100s more Auks were barrelling down channel.
New Diggings still held 5 Goosander, a Smew and a Great White Egret.
Burrowes held at least another 2 Goosander, along with a minimum of 6 Smew and good numbers of Wigeon and Shoveler, 12+ Pintail, 5 Great White Egrets and the usual Marsh Harriers.
The Bewick Swan herd on Walland has grown to 59 with at least 8 young, the Whooper Swan and 4 Tundra Bean Geese were still keeping them company.
I was unable to find the Scaup on Scotney but it was probably still present sheltering from the wind, the 2 Black-necked Grebes had moved to the Kent end in the NE corner.
The 2 Cattle Egrets still in there chosen field at Lydd.
No sign today as far as I am aware of the yesterdays 1w Glaucous Gull despite much searching, however at least 1 Caspian Gull at The Patch per OL. 

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