Wednesday, 29 March 2017

This morning from the sea watch hide with LG, BB, JHRC and AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Brent Goose: 71 up
Pintail: 1 up
Teal: 1 up
Common Scoter: 76 up    17 down
Velvet Scoter: 2 down
Red-Throated Diver 63 up
Great-crested Grebe: 12 around
Fulmar: 1 up
Gannet 43 up
Cormorant: present n/c
Oystercatcher: 1 up
Mediterranean Gull: 1 up
Sandwich Tern: 24 around
Auk: 1 up
At least 1 Black-necked Grebe still on the New Diggings. The Ring-necked Duck was still showing at the far end of Tanners Pool. One of the Long-eared Owls was showing very well behind the Dipping Pool. On Burrowes 5 Goldeneye were the highlights but the islands are starting to look good for migrant waders, there is even mud in front of Firth Hide.
 Long-eared Owl showing well at the Dipping Pool
A pleasant but slow afternoon  sea watch from the fishing boats with MH & AJG,
Brent Goose: 1 down
Mallard: 2 up
Common Scoter: 8 up    4 down
Red-throated Diver: 25 up
Great-crested Grebe: 14 around
Gannet: 3 up     1 down
Cormorant: present n/c
Turnstone: 2 on beach
Mediterranean Gull: 1 up
Sandwich Tern: 18 up
Sand Martin: 1 in
Meadow Pipit: 1 in
Grey Seal: 1
Russian White-fronted Goose at Springfield Bridge this evening
A stroll around the hay fields this evening which appear to be drying out very quickly, saw a White-fronted Goose of note at Springfield Bridge, a Raven over, the usual Marsh Harriers and Little Egrets, 10 Lapwings on No.3 and 4 on No.2. At least 3 pairs of Great-crested Grebes were displaying on Denge Marsh.
9 moths of 5 species in the MV last night, 2 Powdered Quakers, 2 Common Quakers, a Small Quaker, 2 Double Striped Pugs and 2 Hebrew Characters.

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