Saturday, 26 March 2016

Southerly Blow!

1w Iceland Gull past the sea watch hide this morning.
Brent Goose: 620E
Shoveller: 6E
Common Scoter: 429E
Velvet Scoter: 1E
Red-throated diver: 52E
Great-crested Grebe: 6E       13 on sea
Fulmar: 27E      6W
Gannet: 204E    11W
Cormorant: present
Oystercatcher: 5E
Arctic Skua: 3E
Kittiwake: 25E
Mediterranean Gull: 12E
Iceland Gull: 1 o/s
Yellow-legged Gull: 1   2w o/s
Sandwich Tern: 19E   1W
Guillemot: 6E
Auk sp: 6E
Harbour Porpoise: 3+
After an entertaining 4hrs in the hide I was numb with cold, so I went home for a warming cooked breakfast and coffee then promptly nodded off for an hour.
Early afternoon at Boulderwall the remaining Spoonbill was awake and had a little fly around, 6 Smew there including 2 drakes and 2 Little Egrets.
 Firecrest in the lighthouse garden.
In the lighthouse garden Firecrests were showing well, it seemed every bush or piece of scrub around the peninsula held at least 1 Firecrest. A text from BM telling of a Common Tern at The Patch, I arrived at the hide shortly after seeing 2 Common Terns there.
Another sea watch mid afternoon 15.45-16.45:
Brent Goose: 6E
Common Scoter: 10E
Red-breasted Merganser: 2E      1W
Red-throated Diver: 5E
Fulmar: 1W
Gannet: 65E
Great Skua: 1E
Kittiwake: 5E
Little Gull: 1E
Auk sp: 2E
Harbour Porpoise: 2+
Late afternoon 2 Black-necked Grebes and 2 Slavonian Grebes were on the New Diggings. A Tundra Bean Goose was in the fields behind Dengemarsh with 7 Barnacle Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese and several Greylag Geese.  
Early Grey from the Plodland MV this morning.

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