Saturday, 11 February 2017

A cold gloomy morning with the peninsula covered in a thin layer of snow and with sleet still falling.
08.30-10.30 from the turning circle:

Greylag Goose: 11 out
Red-throated Diver: 428 up  7 down
Great-crested Grebe: 37+ on sea
Fulmar: 1 up     2 down
Gannet:  44 up        3 down
Cormorant: c250 around
Black-headed Gull: many present n/c
Common Gull: present: n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull: present n/c
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 2+ present
Kittiwake: 6 down
Guillemot: 48 up
Razorbill:   22 up
Auk sp: 1157  up       168 down
Pied Wagtail: 2 around
Scotney was very disappointing with very few duck and no grey geese.
On the reserve the Ring-necked Duck still on Cook's Pool, also Great White Egret and Marsh Harrier there. Behind the pool feeding in the fields  c200 Golden Plover, c300 Lapwing, c200 Wigeon and a single Ruff. 5 Scaup were on Burrowes as were 6 Goldeneye and a Goosander. A single red head Smew was at Christmas Dell. A Long-eared Owl was hiding in deep cover behind the Dipping Pool.
The 2 1w Iceland Gulls were still at The Patch this morning per OL & PT.

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