Monday, 24 October 2016

A dull windy morning on the peninsular with little avian activity. As I drove across the causeway a Merlin dashed across the road, further down at the eastern end of the New Diggings 12 Great White Egrets and 13 Little Egrets. A walk along the front of the power station to the switching station found 2 Black Redstarts and few Linnets, among the rocks 3 Song Thrushes and a Goldcrest which were presumably newly arrived.
As I approached The moat 2 Ring Ouzels appeared and another Song Thrush.
I joined SG in a wander around the trapping area, along the Pilot path a large Tit flock contained 6+ Chiffchaffs of note, a Black Redstart was unusual in the area, a few Blackbirds and Song Thrushes dropped in, also a Marsh Harrier flew over and out to sea a little way before returning over the lighthouse.
Another Black Redstart opposite Jarmans.
This afternoon at the fishing boats 100s of feeding Gulls presumably feeding on the small fry that the Mackerel were chasing, the fisherman were pulling in the Mackerel 4 at a time. Among the commoner gulls were 25+ Mediterranean Gulls, 25+ Kittiwakes, 7+ Little Gulls, a Great Skua, small numbers of Guillemots and Razorbills, 3 Common Scoter flew east with a Tufted Duck for company. On the beach an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Caspian Gull seen before I arrived by DW.
Late afternoon on the reserve a Black-tailed Godwit, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and the usual wildfowl and Egrets. On the roof of the VC another Black Redstart.

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