Monday, 8 May 2017

Tree Pipit!

A much quieter sea watch this morning than of late.
05.00-07.45 with AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Brent Goose: 7 up
Shelduck: 1 up
Common Scoter: 100 up
Great-crested Grebe: 21 around
Gannet: 15 around
Cormorant: present: n/c
Oystercatcher: 5 up
Ringed Plover: 1 in
Grey Plover: 3 up
Sanderling: 4 up
Dunlin: 5 up
Bar-tailed Godwit: 60 up
Whimbrel: 37 up
Little Tern: 1 up
Commic Tern: 29 up
Mediterranean Gull: 3 up
Kittiwake: 18 up
Iceland Gull: 1 1w at The Patch
Auk sp: 5 up
Swallow: 4 in
Harbour Porpoise: 4+
At the observatory a Tree Pipit was caught and processed also an interesting Chiffchaff.
 Tree Pipit

Chiffchaff sp.
On the reserve 100s of Swifts over the lakes, 7+ Hobby's over Burrowes,  on the islands 6+ Turnstone, 20+ Dunlin, 4 Grey Plover, 3+ Ringed Plover and a couple of Whimbrel, a pair each of Pintail and Wigeon were still present today. A Peregrine caused panic when it came into the islands to bathe. I was unable to find the Ring-necked Duck today, it's been missing for several days now.
At the ARC another 4 Hobby's, a Little Ringed Plover, a Bittern booming in the Tower Pits and all the usual reed bed warblers.
In a  late afternoon visit to Galloways a Whimbrel walked across the road in front of me  and proceeded to feed on the verge, also 2 Wheatear there of note. 

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