Wednesday, 18 April 2018


A quick stop in the dark at the southern end of the ARC on the way to the sea watch hide heard a Cuckoo, Cetti's Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs but not the hoped for Nightingale.
05.30-08.30 with CP from the sea watch hide                               
Brent Goose: 21 up
Shelduck: 20 up  2 down
Eider: 1 down
Common Scoter: 288 up                         
Red-breasted Merganser: 1 up
Red-throated Diver: 12 up                           
Great-crested Grebe: 11 around
Fulmar: 4 up
Gannet: 136 up                                           
Cormorant: present n/c
Peregrine: 1 around
Oystercatcher: 5 up  4 down                         
Whimbrel: 1 up                                             
Knot: 1 up
Great Skua: 3 up                                             
Arctic Skua: 8 up                                             
Black-headed Gull: present n/c
Mediterranean Gull:                                         
Herring Gull: present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull present n/c
Little Gull: 2 up                                               
Kittiwake: 3 up
Sandwich Tern: 679 up                                   
Common Tern: 185 up                                     
Little Tern: 3 up                                                 
Auk sp:
Swallow: 1 in
Crow: 1 in
Harbour Porpoise: 20+
AS I walked back to the car from the hide a Serin flew over and spent a couple of minutes flying around The Point before departing.
The rest of the morning was taken up with domestic stuff.
14.00-17.00 at the fishing boats basking in the glorious sunshine with very few birds passing but lots of chat and laughter in the company of SG,MH,OL & PT.
Red-throated Diver: 2 up
Gannet: 16 up
Oystercatcher: 22 up
Whimbrel: 14 up
Great Skua: 2 up
Arctic Skua: 2 up
Mediterranean Gull: 2 up
Little Gull: 2 up
Sandwich Tern: 85 up
Common Tern: 13 up
Little Tern: 2 up
Harbour Porpoise: 20+
Wheatear at The Midrips
At The Midrips this evening 18 Avocets, 7 Whimbrel, 54 Shelduck and 2 Wheatears were the highlights.

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