Friday, 23 December 2016


Gannet starting it's dive
07.45-09.45 with MH & DW from the fishing boats. Once again this morning the sea was littered with Auks.

Brent Goose:   15 up
Common Scoter:  10 up   1 down
Red-throated Diver: 97 up       10 down         2 on
Gannet:   371  down        c40 off shore
Oystercatcher:  4 up    1 down
Turnstone:  3 around
Great Skua:  1 up
Mediterranean Gull:  1 up
Kittiwake:  67 up     2 down
Guillemot:  300+ around
Razorbill: 20+ around
Grey Seal: 1
 Ring-necked Duck and friends this morning
On the reserve the Ring-necked Duck still showing well, unlike the Long-eared Owl that was missing from the Dipping Pool again today but there yesterday.
On Burrowes 2 red head  Smew, 6 Goldeneye, 4+ Caspian Gulls (ad + nr ad + 2 x 1w), ad Yellow-legged Gull, couldn't find the leucistic Lapwing today, it was present yesterday.
A brief foray out onto Walland  saw the 18 Bewick Swans and 100s of winter thrushes still.
Water Rail refusing to some out into the open at Scott hide today.
This afternoon at the fishing boats:
14.00- 15.15 with MH joined by PT
Red-throated Diver:    8 down
Great-crested Grebe:  12 around
Gannet: 236 down
Kittiwake: 117 down
Auks: as this morning
2 1w Caspian Gulls were by the Fish Hut this afternoon.

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