Monday, 25 September 2017

Maybe Tomorrow!

Birding can be very cruel, with a light S.E breeze blowing yesterday, all night and this morning with cloud cover I was hoping for a day of non stop sea passage and lots of grounded migrants, maybe tomorrow.
06.45-08.45 from the fishing boats with AJG who collated the numbers:
Brent Goose: 148 down
Wigeon: 86 down
Teal: 10 down
Shoveller: 8 down
Common Scoter: 24 down,
Gannet: 72 around
Kestrel: 1 out
Oystercatcher: 3 up
Great Skua: 2 up
Arctic Skua: between 5 and 8 around
Mediterranean  Gull: 2 around(1 adult, one first winter)
Sandwich Tern: 198 down
Common Tern: 7 down
Swallow: 875 out
House Martin: 3 out
Meadow Pipit: 420 out
Alba Wagtail: 14 out
 Spotted Flycatcher in The Desert
Around the Desert and bushes today, 4 Wheatears, a Spotted Flycatcher, 14+ Blackcaps, a Common Whitethroat, 3 Firecrests, 2 Goldcrests, a Chiffchaff, 2 Skylarks, 100+ Meadow Pipits, 16 Pied Wagtails, 3 Black Redstarts, 6 Stonechats also c800 Swallows and c200 House Martins all moving SE.
 2w Mediterranean Gull at the fishing boats
A very poor sea watch this afternoon.
14.30-16.00 from the fishing boats:
Brent Goose: 51 down
Common Scoter: 2 up
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Gannet: 17 up
Dunlin: 3 down
Arctic Skua: 4 around
Mediterranean Gull: 1 around
Kittiwake: 1 down
Sandwich Tern: c30 around
Harbour porpoise: 4+
Grey Seal: 1
 Red-necked Grebe from the causeway
At the ARC late afternoon the red-necked grebe was showing well from the causeway. At Hanson a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stints, 12 Dunlin among the Lapwings and wildfowl, also 2 Black Terns, 2 Great White Egrets and 2 little Egrets. 
 Clancy's Rustic
Some nice moths in the MV this morning including my first Clancy's Rustic.
 Delicate 1 of 3 today
 Four Spotted Footman

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