Monday, 5 June 2017

0545-0845 from the sea watch hide with AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Common Scoter: 61 up
Great-crested Grebe: 3 up
Fulmar: 5 down
Manx Shearwater: 12 down
Gannet: 284 up
Peregrine Falcon: 2 around
Oystercatcher: 1 up
Ringed Plover: 5 up
Black-headed Gull: c60 at The Patch
Herring Gull: c350 at The Patch
Lesser.B.B.Gull: 5 at The Patch
Great.B.B.Gull: 16 at The Patch
Kittiwake: 30 up
Sandwich Tern:  34 around
Auk sp: 14 up
From the southern end of the ARC scanning over Lade to Lydd Airport and the reserve c800 Common Swifts most of which seemed to move south, also c100 House Martins and c50 Swallows.
From Hanson hide of note 6 Hobby's, 2 Marsh Harriers, a Ringed Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, 51 Lapwings, 6 Oystercatchers, 3 Cuckoo's and a Little Egret.
Apart from the Swifts the rest of the reserve was very quiet with most birds keeping there heads down in the strong wind, though 2 Cattle Egrets were reported as being in the hay fields but despite several locals looking for them the report was unsubstantiated, just Little Egrets seen.
A pleasant waste of time at the fishing boats this afternoon 13.30-16.00 joined by MH and RW:
Great-crested Grebe: 3 around
Gannet: 79 down    18 up
Cormorant: 16 around
Oystercatcher: 1 up
Black-headed Gull: c20 around
Mediterranean Gull: 1 down 1st summer 
Herring Gull: c20 around
Great Black Backed Gull: c10 around
Kittiwake: 1 down
Sandwich Tern: 10 around
Common Tern: 4 around
Swift: 32 out
Skylark: 1 singing behind boats
Pied Wagtail: 2 around
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 2

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