Wednesday, 15 February 2017


 An excellent sea watch this morning from The Patch this morning in the company of DW. The numbers of Guillemots stole the show. I did take some images of the flocks of Guillemots but they couldn't begin to convey the passage.
 1w Iceland Gull
08.10-10.45 from The Patch:
Brent Goose: 393 up
Shoveler: 5 up
Teal: 1 up
Pintail: 7 up
Wigeon: 154 up
Common Scoter: 17 up
Red-throated Diver: 96 up  24 down
Great-crested Grebe: 5 up
Fulmar: 6 up
Gannet: 114 up
Cormorant: many present n/c
Great Skua: 1 up
Black-headed Gull: Many present n/c
Mediterranean Gull: 2 around
Herring Gull: Many present n/c
Caspian Gull: 1 x 1w on beach
Iceland Gull: 2 x 1w on beach
Great Black-backed Gull: many present n/c
Lesser Black-backed Gull: present n/c
Kittiwake: 247 up
Guillemot: 9,100 up
Razorbill: c50 up
Skylark: 6 up
Grey Seal: 1

1w Iceland Gull the darker bird
 Brent Geese passing The Patch
 Ring-necked Duck
On the reserve the Ring-necked Duck still on Cook's Pool, no sign of the Long-eared Owl again. Another circular walk around the reserve saw of note 3 Great White Egrets, 3 Marsh Harriers, a red head Smew, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Bearded Tits, 2 Cetti's Warblers and a Stonechat.
Rainbow over the fishing boats this afternoon
This afternoon from the turning circle:
Red-throated Diver: 112 up   3 down
Gannet: 27 down
Turnstone: 1 on beach
Guillemot: 183 up    81 down
Razorbill: 4 up
Pair of Smew over the ARC
Late afternoon at the ARC 2 Great White Egrets, 2 red head Smew, 4 Goldeneye and the usual wildfowl.

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