Friday, 26 February 2016


As a gentle SE wind was forecast for this morning I went to the relative comfort of the sea watch hide where a few bits and pieces were seen but no real movement. 
Brent Goose: 6E
Wigeon: 2E
Common Scoter: 6E
Red-throated Diver: 22E   3W   4 on sea
Great-crested Grebe: c300 on sea
Gannet: 27E
Cormorant: many present
Oystercatcher: 3W
Peregrine: 2 present
Mediterranean Gull: 3E
Guillemot: 14 on sea
Black Redstart: 2 present

A walk around The Moat found 3 Song Thrushes, a few Blackbirds and the usual Dunnocks, Robins, Wrens and House Sparrows.
At the fishing boats the 1w Glaucous Gull showing well still, but again no sign of the 1w Caspian Gull.
 Black-necked Grebes on the New Diggings
On the New Diggings 2 Black-necked Grebes as well as 2 Slavonian Grebes were of note. At Boulderwall Farm, 2 Great White Egrets, c200 Golden Plover and 20+ Dunlin among the many Lapwings.
 The 2 Long-eared Owls at the Dipping Pool  just!
The Brute!
Back at the beach this afternoon the Glaucous Gull still. Despite a couple of loaves still no sign of the 1w Caspian Gull. On the sea many Great-crested Grebes, a few Red-throated Divers and Guillemots and 3 more Brent Geese flew east.
Late afternoon at Scotney the 2 Black-necked Grebes still, c150 Wigeon, 2 Marsh Harriers, 8 Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlin, 8 Curlew, 3 Redshank and 6 Oystercatchers were all noted. 
This evening BM watched the ARC Egret roost and recorded 5 Great White Egrets and 21 Little Egrets.

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