Saturday, 27 October 2018

 Brambling at the observatory
A very cold morning and a distinct lack of birds. Walking around the area with AJG, RW & SO we saw a few each of of Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Siskin and Chaffinch, also a single Merlin. At the observatory a Brambling was hanging around.
The heat haze from the sea made poor photographs much worse as the camera refused to focus through the haze.
 A poor image of 1 of this afternoons Velvet Scoters
13.30-16.45 from the fishing boats with RW, SO, AJG
Brent Goose: 341W     37E
Teal: 1W
Gadwall: 2W
Wigeon: 17W
Common Scoter: 53W    17E
Velvet Scoter: 1W    1E
Red-throated Diver: 1 around:
Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Gannet: 27W   11E
Kestrel: 1 in
Dunlin: 12E
Curlew: 5 in
Bar-tailed Godwit: 1 in
Pomarine Skua: 1 juvenile around
Skua Sp: 2W
Mediterranean Gull: c50 around
Kittiwake: c100 around
Sandwich Tern: 12 around
Guillemot: 2 around
Razorbill: 1 around
Auk sp: 3W
Song Thrush: 1 in
Harbour Porpoise: 2
Grey Seal: 1
 Rubbish image of juvenile Pomarine Skua beating up Kittiwakes & Mediterranean Gulls
Wigeon and Brent Geese passing the fishing boats

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