Thursday, 28 January 2016

Blue Skies!

The new bay carved out by the recent storms opposite Jarmans.
After yesterdays Gull glut, this morning there was barely a Gull to be seen, so I took the oppotunity for an early morning visit to Hookers. On the way 2 Black-necked Grebes were at the south end of the New diggings, at Boulderwall 6+ Tree Sparrows and a Great White Egret, from the viewing ramp several Bearded Tits, 2 Marsh Harriers, another Great White Egret, a Bittern, Cetti's Warblers were very vocal as was several Water Rails, 100s of Lapwing and Golden Plovers were constantly spooked by the Harriers and a Common Buzzard.
A wander up to The Pines with MH saw of note 3+ Chiffchaffs, a party of Long-tailed Tits, 4 Common Snipe, a fly over Bittern and 2 more Marsh Harriers.
At Scotney on the grass 2 Curlew, 6 Ringed Plovers which I think are the first of the year at this site, also 100+ Greylags and 40 Barnacle Geese but little else.
This afternoon I tracked down the 1w Glaucous Gull to the shore line by the Lifeboat Station, which was the only bit of beach without wall to wall fisherman bought out by the nice weather. The weather also brings out the arty photographers, beach combers and walkers all of which flush the Gulls from pillar to post. The Glaucous Gull was the only Gull on the beach, but was still flushed by someone collecting shells, who got to within a few feet of it and still didn't see the it, he then asked me what I was photographing!
From Springfield Bridge this afternoon of note a Bittern, Great White Egret and more Marsh Harriers.

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