Monday, 30 May 2016

Swift Arrival

1 of 2 Black Terns present this morning
08.00-10.00 at The Patch this morning
Great-crested Grebe: 17 around
Gannet: 8W   3E
Oystercatcher: 2E
Great Skua: 1E
Arctic Skua: 1 pale phase around
Kittiwake: 1 in roost
Mediterranean Gull: 4+ around
Black-headed Gull: many present
Herring Gull: many present
Lesser Black Backed Gull: present
Great Black Backed Gull: present
Glaucous Gull: 2nd calender year I believe?
Little Tern: 1
Black Tern: 2
Common Tern: c100 around
Sandwich Tern: present n/c
House Martin: 1 in
Swallow: 1 in
Swift: 163 in
Harbour Porpoise: 2
Grey Seal: 1
The peninsula played host to 1,000s of Swifts and many Hirundines this morning presumably escaping poor weather on the continent.
There has been some debate about the identity of the white winged gull found by Dominic Mitchell on Friday 27th, it is still present. My personal opinion is that it is a 2nd calender year Glaucous Gull. It is certainly an odd looking bird and not the normal brute of a bird associated with Glaucous Gulls.
The White Winged Gull!

Arctic Skua at the back of The Patch


  1. It's definitely a gull Martin... that's my take on it!

  2. Cheers Steve. I knew I could rely on you to put me right!