Saturday, 22 April 2017

An excellent wander around the ARC before the sea watch started with a Cuckoo calling as I climbed out of the car, followed by a Bittern booming, a Nightingale singing in deep cover competing with Sedge, Reed and Cetti's Warblers, Common and Lesser Whitethroats. Near the tower a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from some Sea Buckthorn.
05.40-07.40, 10.00-11.00, 14.00-17.30 with AJG, SO, RW.

Brent Goose: 14 up
Shelduck 1 up
Gadwall: 4 up
Garganey: 1 up
Common Scoter: 515 up
Red throated Diver: 10 up
Great-crested Grebe: 17 around
Gannet: 134 down
Cormorant: present n/c
Oystercatcher: 7 up
Ringed Plover: 2 up
Grey Plover:18 up
Knot: 2 up
Dunlin: 24 up
Bar-tailed Godwit: 16 up
Whimbrel: 126 up
Bar-tailed Godwit: 7 up
Great Skua: 5 up
Arctic Skua: 5 up
Mediterranean Gull: 10 up
Iceland Gull: 1x 1w at The Patch
Kittiwake: 1 up 13 down
Sandwich Tern: 125 up
Commic Tern: 273 up
Black Tern: 1 up
Guillemot: 1 on
Razorbill: 1 on
Auk sp: 4 up
Swallow 2 in
Carrion Crow: 1 in

After looking at Cap-Gris Nez totals for today on Trektellen I don't know why we bother sea watching.

This evening the reserve was deserted, the Lesser Yellowlegs was still on Burrowes unfortunately on the distant islands, also there a Turnstone, a Sanderling, a Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel and a Bar-tailed Godwit. The Ring-necked Duck was also still on Burrowes.

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