Thursday, 13 April 2017

1w Iceland Gull over The Patch
07.30-08.30 at The Patch:
Common Scoter: 24 up
Great-crested Grebe: 7 on sea
Fulmar: 1 up
Gannet: 14 up    c20 feeding off shore
Iceland Gull: 1 1w feeding
Common Tern: 3 up
Sandwich Tern: 27 up
Swallow: 4 in
Carrion Crow: 5 in
Harbour Porpoise: 4
The bushes around The Point were very quiet this morning just a single Chiffchaff in the lighthouse garden and a Willow Warbler at the station.
The 2 Slavonian and single Black-necked Grebe were still on the New Diggings this morning.
Marsh Harrier by the access track
The Ring-necked Duck was still on Cooks Pool today shadowing a female Tufted Duck. Further down the access track a Marsh Harrier put on a superb display.
Greenshank from Firth
On Burrowes 3 Dunlin from Dennis's Hide, an Avocet and a Greenshank from Firth. Around the reserve it was generally quiet, except for Sedge Warblers and Cetti's Warblers which seemed to be singing from every bit of scrub, the White-fronted Goose was in the field behind Denge Marsh.
Little Owl at Scotney
An early afternoon walk at Scotney found a single Brent Goose on the sward, a Little Owl hiding in the barns, 24 Avocets and 2 Mediterranean Gulls on the islands on the back pits, a few Corn Buntings but unusually not a single Yellow Wagtail.
A short sea watch from the turning circle 14.15-15.00:
Gannet: 1 up     7 down
Great Skua: 1 up
Kittiwake: 4 down
Sandwich Tern: 2 down
Harbour Porpoise: 2
Long-eared Owl showing well this afternoon
Late afternoon back on the reserve the LEO was showing well, 4 Garganey flew from under the Cormorant roost towards Christmas Dell, 2 Mediterranean Gulls flew over, 5 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover on Burrowes.
Common Gull on a purpose built nest box
A Little Owl was showing at Lydd Camp. On Galloways a Rubicola Stonechat was the highlight.
A busier night in the MV. 
Broad-barred White first of the year
Powdered Quaker
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