Monday, 20 April 2015

Black Tern and Barwits!

Another meagre sea watch this morning enlivened by a super summer plumage Black Tern.
06.00-07.45 from the sea watch hide with AJG who collated the numbers.
Brent Goose: 28 E
Common Scoter: 25 W   6 E
Red-breasted Merganser: 3 E
Fulmar: 5 E
Gannet: 6 E
Whimbrel: 36 E
Oystercatcher: 1 E   3 W
Curlew: 1 E
Kittiwake: 4 E
Mediteranean Gull: 2 E
Sandwich Tern: 28 E
Common Tern: 27 E  (c75 at The Patch)
Black Tern: 1 on The  Patch
Carrion Crow: 28 in off the sea
Swallow: 8 in
A walk around the Trapping area and the Long Pits found 17 singing Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warblers, 7 Swallows and the Wryneck still present but very elusive.
 Swift over the ARC
From the causeway 3 Swifts with a flock of Hirundines hawking over the ARC, while watching them a party of 6 Dunlin and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits flew over the New Diggings, quickly followed by a Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and a Curlew.
 Part of the flock of c70 Bar-tailed Godwits this afternoon
While driving to the beach this afternoon 2 Red-legged Partridges ran across the road into the north end of the Long Pits.
13.40-14.50 from the fishing boats:
Great-crested Grebe: 5 on sea
Gannet: 5E     3W
Turnstone: 1 on beach
Bar-tailed Godwit: c70E one flock
Whimbrel: 5E
Sandwich Tern: 7E
Wheatear: 4 on beach behind boats.
Swallow: 7 in
 Turnstone moulting to summer plumage on the beach this afternoon.
 1 of 4 Wheatears behind the boats this afternoon
Wood Pigeon on the Plodland bird table
The big news is that an island has begun to appear on Burrowes per MH, though the downside is that the hayfields are rapidly drying out. 6 Garganey and the 2 Tundra Bean Geese at Dengemarsh per MH. A Cattle Egret still present at Brickwall Farm this afternoon per SB.

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