Monday, 22 January 2018

As I drove to the beach this morning the 35 Bewick swans flew out of there ARC roost to feed in the fields on Walland Marsh. At the fishing boats many birds tooing and froing offshore and feeding. 100s of Guillemots but just a handful of Razorbills, along with 100s of Great-crested Grebes and Cormorants, c150 Red-throated Divers moved into Rye Bay with c50 Kittiwakes and a few Gannets with singles of Common Scoter and Shoveler, a Great Skua flew into Lade Bay, on the beach the 1w Caspian gull put in a brief appearance.
At The Patch The 1w Glaucous Gull was joined by the 1w Caspian Gull, a Peregrine was perched high on the power station while offshore more Auks and Grebes.
 1w Glaucous Gull & 1w Caspian Gull at The Patch
A Dartford Warbler was at West Beach with another by Channel View with a Stonechat and Goldcrest.
 1 of several 100 Fieldfare on Walland this afternoon
This afternoon on Walland c1,000 each of Lapwing and Golden Plover, 100s of Fieldfare with smaller numbers of Redwing, 20+ Tree Sparrows, c50 Linnets with c20 Reed Buntings and 2 Great White Egrets. At the Harrier roost 8 Marsh Harriers came in and another 8 flew over towards Cheyne also a huge Saker type falcon caused havoc as it flew over Hooks Wall disappearing towards Fairfield.
Also around today were the Smew and Slavonian Grebe apparently showing well at Christmas Dell, the Black-throated Diver at the southern end of the ARC, the 2 Tundra Bean Geese on Scotney from the double bends, also the first Sooty Shearwater of the year past the fishing boats per MH.

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