Friday, 1 July 2016

Sponbill on the Scotney causeway today
Most of my morning was taken up with domestic stuff, though I did brave the wind and drizzle to look at Scotney where the Spoonbill is still in residence along with the Cormorants and feral geese, over the lakes c150 Swifts hawking insects.
Driving across the causeway at the ARC a Cuckoo flew across the road towards the reserve, also many Swifts hawking over the ARC and The New Diggings.
With the weather so poor sea watching was the only viable option, though by the time I arrived I had  already missed c500 Gannets and 20+ Manx Shearwaters.
12.45-15.45   with AJG & MH:
Manx Shearwater: 10W
Gannet: 293W      42E
Cormorant: n/c
Oystercatcher: 1W
Whimbrel: 1W
Kittiwake: 2W
Common Tern: 4 around
Sandwich Tern: 9 around
Auk sp: 2W
Swift: 69 out
Harbour Porpoise: 3+
Grey Seal: 1

18.10-19.10 from the fishing boats
Great Crested Grebe: 1 around
Gannet: 32W    26E
Oystercatcher: 2E
Arctic Skua: 1 pale phase chasing Terns
Kittiwake: 11W
Sandwich Tern: 6 around
Harbour Porpoise: 6+

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