Thursday, 14 April 2016

Nice flock of Garganey!

05.50-10.30 from the sea watch hide. Many thanks to AJG for collating the numbers.
Brent Goose: 321E
Shelduck: 2E
Garganey: a flock of 8E
Common Scoter: 453E
Red-breasted Merganser: 8E
Red-throated Diver: 9E
Great-crested Grebe: present n/c
Black-throated Diver: 1E
Fulmar: 7E
Gannet: 71E
Cormorant: present n/c
Oystercatcher: 29E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 40E
Arctic Skua: 4E all DP
Little Gull: 28E
Kittiwake: 1E
Little Tern: 2E
Sandwich Tern: 807E
Common Tern: 1253E
Razorbill: 3 on sea
Auk sp: 7E
Jackdaw: 5 over
Harbour Porpoise: 10+
AJG and myself walked around the Desert seeing only a Sparrowhawk of note. We carried on up the West side of the Long Pits hearing only 2 Cetti's Warblers until we reached the north end where several Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs and a Common Whitethroat were singing. On the walk back to the observatory just 2 Swallows of note were seen.
1 of 4 Wheatears at the fishing boats early afternoon
Brent Goose: 47E
Shelduck: 3E
Common Scoter: 29E  4W
Red-throated Diver: 4E
Black-throated Diver: 1E
Gannet: 6E
Oystercatcher: 1E
Whimbrel: 22E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 4E
Dunlin: 15 in
Sanderling: 1E
Grey Plover: 2 in
Great Skua: 1E
Arctic Skua: 11E  all DP
Little Gull: 6E   4 feeding off shore
Sandwich Tern: 54E
Common Tern: 70E     c70 feeding off shore
Swallow: 3 in
Wheatear: 4 on beach
Linnet: 5+ over
1 of 2 Grey Plover on the beach this afternoon.
A stop on the causeway on the way home saw 5 Little Gulls and 12 Common Terns on the ARC. Over the road on the New Diggings the 2 Slavonian Grebes were still present.

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