Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Abysmal is the best that could be said about today's early mornings early sea watch. 
Myself and LG relocated to The Patch where both the 2nd cal yr Iceland Gulls were still present along with a 2nd cal yr Caspian Gull and 3rd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull. 
 Before the anglers arrived
 Flushed from the beach by anglers
A short wander around the lighthouse area found just a Chiffchaff of note.
3 Black-necked and a Slavonian Grebe was still on the New Diggings and the Ring-necked Duck was  still on Tanners Pool.
 Looks like a full crop of placenta
As the day warmed up raptors started to be in evidence. An hour sky watching from home saw a kettle of 7 Common Buzzards, 2 displaying Marsh Harriers, a Peregrine and a Raven.
2 Little Owls were again showing at Lydd Camp.
At Scotney a walk out to the back lakes found 6 Avocets of note but little else.
This afternoon AJG joined me in very slow sea watch at the fishing boats. Comfortable chairs and warm sunshine made it pleasantly bearable.
Common Scoter: 8 down
Red-throated Diver: 1 up
Great-crested Grebe: 9 on sea
Gannet: 1 up
Turnstone: 11 on sea
Kittiwake: 1 up
Sandwich Tern: 4 up
Guillemot: 1 on sea
 Guillemot at the fishing boats this afternoon
 First Early Thorn of the year
 Pine Beauty new for my trap.
Plutella Xylostella in the trap this morning

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