Tuesday, 21 April 2015

First Cuckoo!

A very poor early morning watch with AJG who collated the numbers:
05.45-08.00 from the sea watch hide.
Brent Goose: 8 E
Shelduck: 3 E
Common Scoter: 79 E
Red-throated Diver: 1 E
Fulmar: 2 E
Gannet: 8 E
Whimbrel: 24 E
Kittiwake: 3 about
Little Gull: 13 E
Mediterranean Gull: 2 E
Commic Tern: 22 E but much tooing and frowing( c50 on patch)
Auk sp: 5 W
A wander around the trapping area found virtually no new migrants other than a couple of Swallows over, the Wryneck was still present in the scrub south of the trapping area but very flighty.
A walk from the ARC car park to the Hayfields saw of note 5 Tree Sparrows and 3 Little Egrets at Boulderwall, several Marsh Harriers, 2 Common Buzzards, numerous Sedge, Cetti's and Reed Warblers singing, my first Cuckoo of the year (170 for peninsular) 8 Egyptian Geese, a Brent Goose, Whimbrel, Curlew, 2 Common Terns and a Booming Bittern. The Hayfields were disappointing as they are now drying out rapidly, there were 4 Dunlin on hayfield 3 and a couple of hopefully sitting Lapwings.     
Bar-tailed Godwits past the fishing boats.
Basking in the afternoon sun in the shelter of the fishing boats sea watching with AJG:
Brent Goose: 173 E
Common Scoter: 82 E
Red-throated Diver: 4 E
Great-crested Grebe: 13 around
Gannet: 42 E
Turnstone: 1 on beach
Oystercatcher: 7 E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 99 E  (7 flocks)
Whimbrel: 8 E
Arctic Skua: 1 W
Kittiwake: 11 E
Little Gull: 3 E
Sandwich Tern; 18 E
Commic Tern: 59 E
Guillemot: 9 E   6 W
Swallow: 10 in

Harbour Porpoise: 4+
 Brent Geese passing the fishing boats.
Winter plumage Turnstone at the fishing boats.

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