Friday, 17 February 2017

06.55-08.55 from the sea watch hide with BB and AJG who collated the numbers:
Red throated-Diver: 145 up
Great-crested Grebe: present n/c
Fulmar: 2 down
Gannet: 198 up
Cormorant: Many present n/c
Brent Goose: 423 up
Pintail 4 up
Common Scoter: 21 up
Oystercatcher: 2 down
Mediterranean Gull: 2 down
Kittiwake: 13 down
Guillemot: c500 around

At The Patch a 1w Iceland Gull and a 1w Caspian Gull of note among the many Gulls present.
The Ring-necked Duck was still on Cook's Pool, in the fields behind c300 Wigeon, c400 Lapwing, c100 Golden Plover and a single Ruff. A Marsh Harrier and Great White Egret flew over.
2 Bearded Tits, a Cetti's Warbler and another Great White Egret from the viewing ramp.
This afternoon 2 Slavonian Grebes on the New Diggings could be seen from the causeway at the Boulderwall end of the lake.

14.30-15.30 from the turning circle:
Brent Goose: 3 up
Common Scoter: 5 up
Red-throated Diver: 126 up
Great-crested Grebe: 14 up
Gannet: 32 up
Oystercatcher: 2 down
Turnstone: 2 on beach
Kittiwake: 6 around
Guillemot: c 300 around

Scotney held c500 Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, 6 Redshank a Turnstone and the usual wildfowl along with the feral Barnacle Geese.
Late afternoon at Galloways was the usual disappointment, 4 Egyptian Geese opposite Herons Park Dengemarsh Road.

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