Thursday, 17 November 2016

Gulls in the Rain & Gales!

Ring-necked Duck early this morning
First thing this morning I went to the reserve where the Ring-necked duck was showing well on Cooks Pool also there a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Bittern the Cattle Egret flew over the field disappearing in a ditch, also a Marsh Harrier quartering the top end of the reed bed and a Common Buzzard motionless on a post.
Long-eared Owl behind the Dipping Pool this morning
As I walked to Firth after viewing the Long-eared Owl all the Gulls flushed probably by a Heron or Great White Egret and disappeared towards the Open Pits, so I decided to go to the fishing boats and come back to the reserve later.
09.00-09.30 from the fishing boats lots of birds but nothing moving:
                                     Up Channel                 Down Channel
Red-throated Diver:                                                    2
Great-crested Grebe:                          16 o/s      
Gannet:                                              c120 o/s
Cormorant:                                       Present n/c
Common Scoter:                3
Turnstone:                                        4 on beach
Black-headed Gull:                          Present n/c
Mediterranean Gull:           2
Herring Gull:                                   Present n/c
Lesser Black Backed Gull:              Present n/c
Great Black Backed Gull:                Present n/c
Kittiwake:                                          c150 o/s
Razorbill:                                                                      1
Goldfinch:                                           8 over
Grey Seal:     2
After my usual late breakfast I went back to the reserve, where in the rain and wind made my way to the shelter of Firth Hide with PB. Within a few minutes we located 3 Caspian Gulls and several colour ringed Gulls which were duly read and noted, DW arrived and spotted another Caspian Gull. Also there an adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Goldeneye. 2 more Caspian Gulls dropped after I left to look at the sea again.
Adult + 3w Caspian Gull
Adult Caspian Gull
3w Caspian Gull
2w Caspian Gull
1w Caspian Gull
Adult Yellow-legged Gull
Grey Heron in front of Firth
Late afternoon the sea was very Quiet apart from the c150 Kittiwakes and usual Gulls.

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