Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A bit of movement!

A hectic day of sea watching and domestic stuff.  
4 separate watches 07.00-09.20, 11.00-12.00,  13.30-14.00,  17.00-18.00 as I have mislaid my notebook the the following numbers are from my failing memory. The majority of the birds were seen in the first watch.
Brent Goose: c250 E
Shelduck: 2 E
Eider: 2 W
Common Scoter: c200 E
Velvet scoter: 2 E
Red-throated Diver: 7 E
Black-throated Diver: 1 E
Great-northern Diver: 1 E
Fulmar: 2 E  2 W
Manx Shearwater: 2 E
Gannet: c50 E
Oystercatcher: c5 E
Whimbrel: c20 E
Great Skua: 8  E
Arctic Skua: 5 E
Little Tern: 2 E   2 W
Common Tern: c200 E
Sandwich Tern: c 100E
Auk: c50 E
2 Pomarine Skuas were seen by the very early starters.
2 Spoonbills were new in this morning on Burrowes, then on the ARC this afternoon but had gone by early evening. 100s of Hirundines on the lakes failed to produce a Red-rumped Swallow, a Great White Egret was on The New Diggings and 2 Cuckoo's and 3 Egyptian Geese were at the south end of the ARC. It would seem after no confirmed sightings of the Cattle Egrets for several days that they have departed.  

 Spoonbills on Burrowes from Makepiece
 The same Spoonbills on the Cormorant Island ARC
Egyptian Geese south end of the ARC

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