Thursday, 3 August 2017

Bright and Breezy!

I joined AJG and BC in the sea watch hide for a very uneventful hour this morning, an Arctic Skua being the highlight.
 Wood Sandpiper from Makepiece
On a wind swept Burrowes 100s of Sand Martins and a few Swifts were hawking over the lake. From Firth 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 17 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper of note. From Makepiece a Wood Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin. Late morning at the ARC from Hanson 6 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 juvenile Marsh Harriers were the highlights among the Lapwing, feral geese, Mute Swans and eclipse duck.
 Sand Martin from Makepiece
 Arctic Skua off the fishing boats
12.30-16.30 from the fishing boats with AJG:
Common Scoter: 6 up
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Fulmar: 3 down
Gannet: 121 down   27 up
Cormorant: 22 around
Arctic Skua: 2 down
Black-headed Gull:  17 down
Common Gull: 3 down
Herring Gull: c35 around
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 4 down
Great Black-backed Gull: c10 around
Kittiwake: 7 down    1 up
Sandwich Tern: 262 down     14 up
Common Tern: 252 down     6 up
Black Tern: 10 down  (flock of 8 + 2 singles)
Swift: 66 out
Grey Seal: 2
Harbour Porpoise: 4+
 Black Terns off the fishing boats
Common Terns off the fishing boats

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