Monday, 24 September 2018

 Pied Flycatcher in the nets this morning
Early morning a Pied Flycatcher was caught and ringed, also there were good numbers of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Meadow Pipits many of which were caught and ringed.
 Immature Spoonbill being flushed by army Helicopters
Early afternoon on the ARC from Hanson An Immature Spoonbill, 261 Golden Plover, 200+ Lapwing, 7 Dunlin, 3 Common Snipe, a Ruff, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Shelduck (a good count here), a Garganey, a Hobby, a Marsh Harrier and the usual wildfowl and Egrets, all were flushed as 2 army helicopters flew low down the middle of the lake then over the airport. 4 Common Buzzards were over the car park.
At Boulderwall 6+ Cattle Egrets still.
Immature Spoonbill coming back in
 Immature Spoonbill
13.00-15.00 from the fishing boats with JTM & AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Brent Goose: 5W
Wigeon: 6 in
Gannet 78 down
Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Dunlin: 2E
Grey Phalarope: 1 around c100yds off shore
Great Skua: 1W
Arctic Skua: 7W
Mediterranean Gull: 1W
Kittiwake: 1W
Guillemot: 1 on
At Scotney this afternoon many feral Geese including 156 Barnacle Geese and 46 Egyptian Geese as well as the usual Greylag and Canada Geese, a Common Sandpiper was feeding along the shore and 3 Common Buzzards there.
Chiffchaff from Makepiece
Late afternoon on the reserve 8 Great White Egrets from Dennis's Hide, another 24 Golden Plover, a Dunlin and a couple of Norwegian ringed Great Black Backed Gulls. From Firth Hide a single Avocet and the Egyptian Goose family still insitu.

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