Wednesday, 28 December 2016

08.15-09.45 from the turning circle

Brent Goose: 5 up
Shelduck:  5 up
Scaup:   2 up
Common Scoter: 1 down
Velvet Scoter: 2 down
Red-throated Diver: 124 up   6 down
Great-crested Grebe: 36 around
Fulmar: 1 up
Gannet:  211 down      37 up
Cormorant: many present n/c
Black-headed Gull: many present n/c
Common Gull: present n/c
Herring Gull: many present n/c
Lesser Black Backed Gull: present n/c
Great Black Backed Gull: many present n/c
Kittiwake:  38 down
Guillemot:  200+ around
Razorbill:  20+ around
On the reserve the Ring-necked Duck still present on Cooks Pool also a Great White Egret over.
The Long-eared Owl was missing today from the Dipping Pool. From Firth a single 1w Caspian Gull of note. On New Excavations a red head Smew.
 Smew on the New Excavations
News this afternoon that the Stejneger's Stonechat was still present at Kerton Road cut short my plans to go out onto Walland Marsh. On arrival the Stonechat was  along the fence line on the Western edge of the quarry with 2 Common Stonechats, also a Dartford Warbler there, presumably the bird has been feeding out of sight in the quarry.
Stejneger's Stonechat, by Kerton Road quarry

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