Monday, 26 December 2016

 Sanderling sparkling in the morning sunshine
 A walk along the beach this morning found a roosting flock of c60 Sanderling, c20 Dunlin and 6 Turnstone, the calm sea was once again littered with Guillemots, Cormorants, Great-crested Grebes and a few Red-throated Divers. In the large roost I was unable to pick out anything unusual.
 Sanderling & Dunlin
 1w Caspian Gull at the puddles
A short visit to Cooks Pool found the Ring-necked Duck still insitu, also a Great White Egret there.
Marsh Harrier heading for France this afternoon
14.00-15.00 from the turning circle:

Red-throated Diver:  8 up
Great-crested Grebe: 53 around
Gannet: 42 down     8 up
Cormorants: many present n/c
Marsh Harrier: 1 out
Oystercatcher: 8 down
Great Skua: 1 around beating up Great Black-backed Gulls
Black-headed Gull: many around n/c
Common Gull: a few around n/c
Herring Gull: many around n/c
Caspian Gull: regular 1w at the puddles
Great Black-backed Gulls: many present n/c
Lesser Black-backed Gull: some present n/c
Kittiwake: 16 down
Guillemot: c50 around
Razorbill: 4+ around
Pied Wagtail: 2 on beach
Grey Seal: 1

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