Thursday, 24 September 2015

Mainly Skua Watching!

Sea watch totals for  06.45-12.00 & 13.15-15.15 from The Point/Fishing boats with DW,BM and AJG who collated most of the totals:
Brent Goose: 4W
Teal: 1W
Common Scoter: 44E      49W
Great-crested Grebe: 7 around
Balearic Shearwater: 1W
Gannet:   17E      384W
Great Skua: 5W
Arctic Skua: 15E   95W     5 around
Kittiwake: 3W
Little Tern: 5W
Black Tern: 3W
Sandwich Tern: 23E      951W
Common Tern: 134W
Arctic Tern: 2W
Razorbill: 1W
Auk sp: 1E   3W
Sand Martin: 10 out
House Martin: 1 out
Swallow: 1162  out
Meadow Pipit:  103 in
Linnet: 15 around
Harbour Porpoise: 4+

From the entrance track to the visitor centre by Boulderwall Farm 3 species of Egret could be seen, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Great White Egrets and the Cattle Egret which always seems to be distant.
Late afternoon at the ARC still plenty of Sand Martins over the lake, no waders as there are no longer any islands, the usual wildfowl still present along with a couple of hunting Marsh Harriers.
Up at the pines there was not a passerine to be seen, though it was blowing a gale. Hopefully the forecasted easterlies will bring us some passerines in the next few days and maybe something good with them.

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