Thursday, 18 October 2018

Brent Geese on the Move!

An early morning walk around The Point and bushes in a cool brisk NE wind was very disappointing, a few each of Brambling, Siskin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Skylark and Meadow Pipits flying over, along with 10 Wigeon and 8 Pintail flying over The Desert. On the ground a handful of Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and Chiffchaffs. Things livened up when following a call from DW saying that there were lots of Mediterranean Gulls off shore, I arrived at the sea watch hide to find that by lots he meant 1,900+ a fantastic number with good numbers of Kittiwakes and Gannets and a few Sandwich Terns.
It's a shame that there there is still no boil at The Patch, apparently this state of affairs is likely to continue to at least Christmas while urgent work is carried out on the power station. There were at least 3 Black Redstarts behind The Patch and a Rock Pipit flew over. 
 Brent Geese, at least 2 juveniles in the top image
13.00-17.15 from the fishing boats with AJG who collated the numbers, JTM, DS, PT & DM.
Brent Goose: 6,197W   183E  (most were seen between in a 2 hour period between 15.00 & 17.00 also most were several miles off shore)
Wigeon: 1W
Common Scoter: 23W   21E
Red-throated Diver: 3W   1E
Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Gannet: 38W
Great Skua: 1W
Arctic Skua: 1 around
Mediterranean Gull: many around
Kittiwake: Many around
Sandwich Tern: 13 around
Razorbill: 11W  2E
Guillemot: 12E
Auk sp: 12E   40W

Water Rail from Hanson yesterday afternoon
Garganey from Hanson yesterday afternoon
1 of 5 Gems caught in the last 2 nights
2 of 6 Delicates caught in the last 2 nights
 Dark Sword-grass
Golden Triangle which is apparently common but the first to grace my MV

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