Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Gloomy Day!

Pintail & a Teal past the fishing boats
08.00-10.00 from the fishing boats with MH, OL, DW & AJG.
Brent Goose: 22 up
Shelduck: 2 up
Pintail: 12 down
Wigeon: 8 down
Teal: 1 down
Common Scoter: 20 up.  5 down
Red-breasted Merganser: 3 down
Red-throated Diver: c50 around up & down
Great-crested Grebe: c40 around up & down
Fulmar: 2 down
Gannet: c30 around up & down
Cormorant: 6,000+ flew into Lade Bay including a single flock of c4,500!!
Oystercatcher: 10 up   2 down
Curlew: 1 up
Great Skua: 1 around
Caspian Gull: regular 1w bird
Guillemot: 100s around
Razorbill: 100s around
 Great Skua over the fishing boats this morning
The regular 1w Caspian Gull in the morning gloom
Late morning at The Patch was disappointing as the power station was flying a drone which spooked all the Gulls.
Early afternoon around Walland found a few Tree Sparrows and Fieldfare but little else. Apparently there are 32 Bewick Swans on the marsh.
Late afternoon on the reserve the 1w Glaucous Gull and a 1w Caspian Gull came into the roost but no sign of the Iceland Gull. A single drake Goosander  was among the usual wildfowl. The Long-eared Owl was still present behind the Dipping Pool but showing very poorly.

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