Thursday, 29 December 2016

A beautiful crisp sunny morning making viewing conditions very difficult staring into a low bright sun.
08.10-08.40 from the turning circle 

Brent Goose: 820 up
Shelduck:    3 up
Common Scoter:  3 up
Red-throated Diver: 15 up     4 down
Great-crested Grebe: 9 around
Gannet: c30 feeding
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
Turnstone: 3 on beach
Great Skua 1 down
Kittiwake: 5 around
Guillemot: c50 around
Razorbill: 2+ around
The Ring-necked Duck was still showing on Cook's Pool, a Bearded tit posed there as well. No Long-eared Owl at the Dipping Pool again but a Chiffchaff there.
Bearded Tit a Cook's Pool this morning
The 29 Bewick Swans were still at Horses Bones farm though distant, close enough to read the white neck collars 534X & 536X.
Brent Geese passing The Point
13.30-15.30 from the turning circle

Brent Goose: 1,760 up
Common Scoter: 1 up
Red-throated Diver:  21 up    4 down
Great-crested Grebe: present n/c
Gannet: 87 up   26 down
Oystercatcher: 2 up
Turnstone: as this morning
Great Skua:  1 up      4 down (2 flew down together)
Kittiwake: as this morning
Guillemot: as this morning

An excellent end to the day at the Egret roost. In the 40 minutes between sunset and last light 13 Great White Egrets joined 22 Little Egrets in the roost, a Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel all tried catching Starlings going to roost, 2 Goosander dropped into the lake, the Bewick Swans came into roost and 5 Marsh Harriers flew over.
The Stejneger's Stonechat was still present at Kerton Road per RBA, also a Dartford Warbler there per GH.

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