Sunday, 22 April 2018

The first of the Poms!

On my way to the beach 2 Cuckoo's and 2 Marsh Harriers flew over the causeway, a Great White Egret and 2 Little Egrets were at the south end of the ARC.
0630-12.00. AJG,RW,OL,DW,SM,JTM et al
Brent Goose: 154 up
Eider: 4 up
Common Scoter: 520 up    18 down
Red-breasted Merganser: 1 up
Red-throated Diver: 9 up.    3 down
Black-throated Diver: 2 up
Great-crested Grebe:  4 around
Fulmar:5 up   3 down
Manx Shearwater: 2 up.    1 down (possibly same bird)
Gannet: 96 up
Cormorant: present n/c
Oystercatcher: 85 up
Whimbrel: 117 up
Common Snipe: 1 up
Great Skua: 14 up + 5 before I arrived
Pomarine Skua: 5 up
Arctic Skua: 18 up  + 15 before I arrived
Black-headed Gull: present n/c
Mediterranean Gull: 2 up
Herring Gull: present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull present n/c
Little Gull: 32 up
Kittiwake: 14 up
Sandwich Tern: 368 up
Common/Arctic Tern: 45 up
Arctic Tern: 5 up
Little Tern: 6 up
Guillemot: 9 around
Auk sp: 14 up
Swallow: 2 in
Crow: 11 out/up
Harbour Porpoise:8+
The Wryneck that was found at the Long Pits this morning was very elusive while I was there.
The first 3 Garganey of the year on the reserve were found today by RW, also the first Hobby per DB, though generally common migrants were quite scarce today around the peninsular. 
Whimbrel flying the wrong way at the fishing boats this afternoon
This afternoon at the fishing boats15.30-18.00 with AS:
Common Scoter: 27 up
Red-throated Diver: 16 up
Great-crested Grebe: 3 around
Fulmar: 2 up
Manx Shearwater: 1 up   1 down
Gannet: 29 up
Cormorant: present n/c
Whimbrel: 53 up
Great Skua: 9 up
Pomarine Skua: 2 up  (1 @ 16.14, 1 @ 17.01)
Arctic Skua: 6 up

Black-headed Gull: present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull present n/c
Kittiwake: 8 up
Sandwich Tern: c25 around
Common/Arctic Tern: 12 up
Guillemot: 9 around
Auk sp: 31 up
House Martin: 1 in . my first of the year
Swallow: 10 in
Harbour Porpoise: 5+ around
There were at least another 5 Great Skuas, 6 Arctic Skuas and a Velvet Scoter between 13.00-15.30 per AJG.

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