Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Short-toed Treecreeper!

07.15-08.30 when the fog rolled in with OL & DS
Brent Goose: 44 up
Greylag Goose: 2 out
Shelduck: 1 up
Shoveler: 5 up
Garganey: 2 up
Common Scoter: 317 up
Red-breasted Merganser:  26 up
Red-throated Diver: 8 up.  1 on
Great-crested Grebe: 5 around
Fulmar: 8 up
Manx Shearwater: 1 up
Gannet: 84 up
Cormorant: present n/c
Oystercatcher: 6 up
Whimbrel: 1 up
Dunlin: 12 up
Arctic Skua: 1 up
Black-headed Gull: present n/c
Mediterranean Gull: 2 up
Common Gull: present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Lesser Black-backed Gull: present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull present n/c
Kittiwake: 4 up
Sandwich Tern: 48 up
Common Tern: 11 up
Guillemot: 1 on
Auk sp: 3 up
Carrion Crow: 1 in
Blackcap in the lighthouse garden 
After abandoning the sea watch I went to The Patch, I had just got myself settled in the hide scrutinising the few Gulls that were roosting there, when Mark H called on the radio saying he had seen a Treecreeper sp briefly in the lighthouse garden.
Arriving on site shortly after, I then with DW, OL and JTM spent the next 8 hrs there seeing the bird 5 times for a total of less than 20 seconds (DW spent another 2 hrs after I left). The bird was calling fairly frequently and seemed to be a Short-toed Treecreeper, but we wanted to get better views and images of the bird. The bird was still present at dusk.
 Short-toed Treecreeper

 Also in the lighthouse garden 2 Firecrests, several Chiffchaffs, 2+ Black Redstarts, Song Thrush and a Blackcap, a Rock Pipit and several Redpolls and Siskins flew over, also a Peregrine and Marsh Harrier over.

Great White Egret at the southern end of the ARC also an Avocet there

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