Tuesday, 18 April 2017

 The highlight of this mornings sea watch!
Another very slow sea watch this morning with AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
06.00-08.00 from the sea watch hide:
Mute Swan: 2 drifted down channel
Brent Goose: 1 down
Shelduck: 3 down
Common Scoter: 17 up
Red-breasted Merganser: 3 down
Red-throated Diver 4 up
Great-crested Grebe: 7 around
Fulmar: 4 down
Gannet: 71 down
Oystercatcher: 8 up
Curlew 1 up
Whimbrel: 3 up
Arctic Skua: 1 up
Iceland Gull: 1 x 1w at The Patch
Kittiwake: 21 down
Sandwich Tern: 202 up
Common Tern: 17 up
Mediterranean Gull: 1 on patch
Auk sp: 21 down
Willow Warbler: 5 behind hide
Wheatear: 1 behind hide
 1w Iceland Gull at The Patch
 Chiffchaff at Lloyds
Around the old lighthouse, station Gorse, Lloyds and West Beach 10 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Black Redstart and a Wheatear.
 Willow Warbler at West Beach
On New Diggings c50 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 2 Slavonian and 2 Black-necked Grebes.
 Garganey from Firth
No sign of the Ring-necked Duck or Water Pipits today on Cook's Pool. On Burrowes a Garganey still, along with a Pintail, Goldeneye and Little Ringed Plover of note.
 Sandwich Tern at the fishing boats
A much better sea watch this afternoon from the shelter of fishing boats basking in the sun:
14.00-16.45 joined by MH & AJG.
Pintail: 4 up
Common Scoter: 59 up
Red-breasted Merganser: 3 up
Red-throated Diver: 2 up
Great-crested Grebe: 16 around
Gannet: 3 up   18 down
Bar-tailed Godwit: 111 up
Whimbrel: 153 up
Mediterranean Gull: 5 up
Kittiwake: 2 down   1 up
Sandwich Tern: 36 up    19 down
Common Tern: 5 up
Auk sp:  4 down
Harbour Porpoise: 8+
 Whimbrel past the boats
 Mediterranean Gull past the boats
 Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit past the boats
 Pied Flycatcher
Late afternoon in the Old Lighthouse Garden another Pied Flycatcher, a Common Redstart, 3+ Willow Warblers and 2+ Chiffchaffs.
Terrible image of a male Redstart
Highlights from the MV last night a Pebble Prominent, a Pine Beauty and 10 Tawny Shears,


  1. For the first time in my life I've taken a better picture than you!

  2. hopefully i'll another chance at a Redstart.