Friday, 4 August 2017

I joined AJG who kindly collated the numbers in the sea watch hide this morning.
05.40-09.40 from the sea watch hide:
Common Scoter: 15 up  10 down
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Fulmar: 2 down
Gannet: 542 down
Cormorant: present n/c
Turnstone: 4 down
Dunlin: 3 down
Sanderling: 3 down
Arctic Skua: 3 down
Mediterranean Gull: 1 down
Kittiwake: 72 down
Sandwich Tern: 762 down
Common Tern: 1,078 down
Black Tern: 2 down
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 6+
Mediterranean Gull past the sea watch hide this morning
The reserve was predictably very quiet with the regular group of 12 Black-tailed Godwits, a few each of Dunlin, Common Sandpipers and Little Ringed Plovers. 2 Wood Sandpipers and Ruff were still on Denge Marsh per CT. 3 Little Stints were new in on the ARC. As is usual this time of year many Sand Martins and a few Swifts could be found hawking over all the pits.
Galloways opened early today but only produced 6 Stonechats and a couple of Common Whitethroats, nearby at Lydd Camp 2 Little Owls were sun bathing in the elders.
13.00-16.00 from the fishing boats(just as well the sun was shining) joined by AJG,CT,BH, PH & EH:
Common Scoter: 2 up
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Gannet: 46 down     5 up
Cormorant: 21 around
Oystercatcher: 1 around
Mediterranean Gull: 1 down
Kittiwake: 12 down
Sandwich Tern: 68 down    14 up
Common Tern: 21 down
Swift: 5 out
Sand Martin: 177 out
Linnet: 2 over
Grey seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 4+

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