Saturday, 24 October 2015

Another Shrike!

07.30-09.30 from The Point with MH and AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Common Scoter: 9E    4W
Red-throated Diver: 4W
Gannet: 677 W
Merlin: 1 along beach
Great Skua: 1E
Arctic Skua: 1W
Kittiwake: 174W
Little Gull: 6W
Mediterranean Gull: 1 adult W
Sandwich Tern: 5 around
Guillemot: 11W   4E
Auk sp: 8W   6E
Starling: 400 in
Goldfinch: 50W
The rest of the morning was taken up with domestic stuff, but I did have a party of 24 Goldfinches on the Plodland feeders.
 Distant Great Grey Shrike
My plans of an afternoon sea watching changed on news of a Great Grey Shrike behind Hookers Pit. A few minutes after getting the news I was having distant views of the Shrike which was quite mobile. Walking around Hookers several Bearded Tits could be heard even above the honking of 100s of Greylag Geese.
When I arrived at the beach, Richard Smith text me to say a 1w Caspian Gull was on the beach, unfortunately it flew off as I arrived but was replaced by a 2nd w Caspian Gull. 
2nd w Caspian Gull this afternoon.
At the ARC Egret roost this evening 8 Great White Egrets and 19 Little Egrets came in. While waiting 2 Black-necked Grebes appeared at the southern end of the New Diggings.

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