Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Distant Velvet Scoters
06.55-09.25 this morning from the sea watch hide with BB and AJG who collated the numbers:
Brent Goose: 36 up
Common Scoter: 41 up     8 down
Velvet Scoter: 3 down
Red-breasted Merganser: 1 up
Red-throated Diver: 166 up
Great Crested Grebe:  142 on
Gannet: 145 up
Fulmar: 1 down
Mediterranaen Gull: 3 adults up
Kittiwake: 41 down
Guillemot: 22 up
Razorbill: 9 down
Auk sp: 200+ around
Harbour Porpoise: 2
An hour mid morning from the fishing boats the highlights were 11 Turnstone on the beach, 27 Brent Geese up, and dozens of Guillemots off shore.
On the reserve the Ring-necked duck and 2 Long-eared Owls still but fairly quiet.
 Gannets from the fishing boats
This afternoon from the fishing boats:
Brent Goose: 52 up
Velvet Scoter: 2 up
Red-throated Diver: 3 around (1 badly oiled)
Great-crested Grebe: 242 on sea
Gannet: c40 feeding off shore
Little Gull: 1 juv down
Iceland Gull: 1 (the 2w bird flew through towards The Patch)
Kittiwake: 10+ down
Guillemots: 100+ around
Razorbill: 14+ around
Diving Gannet
Herring Gull D9PT
Late afternoon at The Patch 3 Iceland Gulls (the 2w and 2 1w birds)

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