Friday, 28 April 2017

Tern Passage!

Another morning of northerly winds and nothing moving.
05.45-07.15 with AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Shelduck: 2 down
Shoveller: 2 down
Common Scoter: 23 up
Great-crested Grebe: 24 around
Fulmar: 2 around
Gannet: 15 around
Oystercatcher:  2 up
Whimbrel: 3 in
Oystercatcher  2 up
Great crested Grebe 13 on
Common Tern: 22 up, c100 on patch
Sandwich Tern: 12 up
Harbour Porpoise: 4+
Grey Seal: 1
A very tired and cold Chiffchaff recovering on the power station fence early morning
A walk around the area with AJG found a minimum of 3 Ring Ouzels , 19 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Whimbrel but little else of note.
 1w Iceland Gull still at The Patch but nothing else of note
A poor shot of a Peregrine dive bombing a Common Buzzard over the power station this morning

This afternoon I went to the fishing boats, minutes after settling down to what I thought was going to be a long slow watch, the wind shifted from a northerly vector to a southerly vector, almost immediately Terns started to appear on the horizon. I was joined by AJG and MH , due to the height of the tide we moved to the Sea watch hide where the Tern passage continued till at least 18.00hrs when I left.
13.50-18.00 with AJG, MH, DW, LG, ML & MB.

Brent Goose: 3 up
Common Scoter: 32 up
Red-breasted Merganser: 2 up
Red-throated Diver: 2 up
Fulmar: 5 up  1 down
Gannet: 53 up    27 down
Oystercatcher: 3 up
Great Skua: 6 up
Arctic Skua: 10 up
Mediterranean Gull: 8 up    2 down
Kittiwake: 26 up          19 down
Little Gull: 76 up
Commic Tern: 5,385 up
Arctic Tern: 64 up under counted!
Sandwich Tern: 73 up       16 down
Little Tern: 1 up
Auk sp: 3 up   6 down

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