Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Sea Watch!

A snatched image of the 1w Iceland Gull as it went past the hide
06.50-09.35 from the sea watch hide with BB and AJG who collated the numbers:
Brent Goose: 198 up
Teal: 24 up
Common Scoter: 43 down        10 up
Velvet Scoter: 12 down(3, 2,3, 4)
Red-throated Diver: 16 up    5 down
Great-crested Grebe: 5 down
Fulmar: 46 down
Gannet: 3 up     49 down
Oystercatcher: 4 down
Iceland Gull: 1 x 1w down
Kittiwake: 16 down
Guillemot: 241 down
Razorbill:  11 down
Auk sp:  690 down
Oiled Red-throated Diver
After the morning sea watch I walked down to The Patch hide where I could only find the 1 Iceland Gull in challenging conditions, though DW found all 3 later on.
 Pink-footed Goose with Canada & Greylag Geese
No sign of the Ring-necked Duck on Cook's Pool late morning, some compensation in the form of a Pink-footed Goose among the Canada & Greylag Geese, also c200 Golden Plover and a Ruff among the Lapwing and Ringed Plover.
Common Scoter on Scotney
On a very wind swept Scotney the only notable bird I could see was a Common Scoter.
14.15-15.00 from the turning circle:
Brent Goose: 24 up
Red-throated Diver: 1 up   1 down
Great-crested Grebe: 26 around
Fulmar: 4 down
Gannet:  2 up   4 down
Auk sp: 117 down  39 up

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