Saturday, 13 January 2018

Excellent Sea Watch!

The Long-eared Owl showing well yesterday, sadly hiding today.
 Gannet fishing off the fishing boats this morning
An excellent sea watch at the fishing boats with 1,000s of birds either passing or on the sea, with so much going on I didn't count much, I just enjoyed the spectacle.
08.30-10.30 from the fishing boats with DW & SO:
Brent Goose: 76 up
Common Scoter: 6 down
Red-throated Diver: 120 down around
Great-crested Grebe: many around n/c
Fulmar: 1 down
Gannet: many around n/c
Cormorant: many present n/c
Great Skua: 3 down
Mediterranean Gull: 2+ around
Caspian Gull: regular 1w bird around
Kittiwake: many present/down n/c
Auks: 7,300 down around 60/40 in favour of Razorbills (counted by DW)
 Some of the 7,300 Auks past the fishing boats this morning
Some of the 7,300 Auks past the fishing boats this morning
 Pair of Great Skuas past the fishing boats
 Lightly oiled Gannet at the fishing boats
 Kittiwake with a tasty shellfish snack
 Red-throated Diver past the fishing boats
 Red-throated Diver at the fishing boats
Again no sign of the Red-necked Grebes or wild Geese at Scotney.
This afternoon on Burrowes an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 x 1w Caspian Gulls, the 1w Glaucous Gull came into roost, 2 Goosander and a Smew among the usual wildfowl.
35 Bewick Swans including 4 juveniles were on the ARC at dawn this morning per SO. The Black-throated Diver was still on Dengemarsh , 2 Long-tailed ducks and the Slavonian Grebe were still on Lade Pits all per BW. 
 This poor Herring Gull really freaked out all the other birds as well as its self, hopefully it will free itself of it's quickly from it's plastic burden.
1w Glaucous Gull came in as the the already poor light faded this afternoon.

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