Friday 23 February 2024

23/02/2024

One of this mornings Mediterranean Gulls

 An improvement on yesterdays watch.
07.45-09.30 with RW, Wind WNW 3, Temp 5°  overcast

Velvet Scoter: 2W (M+F)
Common Scoter: 5W
Great-crested Grebe:  2 on 
Kittiwake: 17W     4E
Black-headed Gull: c1,000W
Mediterranean gull: 10W 
Common Gull: c1,000W
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Great Skua: 1W
Guillemot: 17W  4E
Razorbill: 4W 1E
Auk sp: 18W    10E
Red-throated Diver: 12W     26E
Fulmar: 1W    1E   
Gannet: 93W      42E 
Cormorant: Present n/c
Grey Seal: 1 Bull
This poor Guillemot washed up in front the sea watch hide this morning, I thought oiled birds were a thing of the past, but recently. there seems to have been a spate of them being seen.
A Black-throated Diver and a great Northern diver were on the ARC this morning but relocated to Burrowes this afternoon joining the other Great Northern Diver. A Chiffchaff by Dennis's hide was likely a wintering individual. With this constant wet weather there has been very little new arrivals to the peninsular.

22/02/2024

 Another abysmal sea watch!

07.10-09.10 with RW, OL PE  Wind SSW 6, Temp 9°  Fog & drizzle

Brent Goose: 3E
Shelduck: 1W
Common Scoter: 1W
Great-crested Grebe: 3 on
Oystercatcher: 1W
Turnstone: 1W
Dunlin: 1W     
Kittiwake: 25W   3E
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Common Gull: Present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Guillemot: 32W 
Razorbill: 5W  
Auk sp: 91W     13E
Red-throated Diver: 5W      5E
Fulmar: 1W    4E   
Gannet: 19E      62W  
Cormorant: Present: 626W then started coming back  
Harbour Porpoise: 3

A young female Sparrowhawk took out a feral Pigeon in my garden


A Tufted Duck in front of Hanson hide today in one of the many deluges
A pair of Great-crested Grebes from Hanson 
Great White Egret from Hanson

Wednesday 21 February 2024

21/02/2024

 The sea watching continues to be somewhat the same, plenty of birds but little variety.

07.45-09.15 with RW & Sue.  Wind SW 7, Temp 9°  overcast

Brent Goose: 20E
Common Scoter: 4W
Great-crested Grebe: 1E     1 on
Turnstone: 1E     
Kittiwake: 32W   
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Common Gull: Present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Guillemot: 42W  13E
Razorbill: 18W  2E
Auk sp: 425W       64E
Red-throated Diver: 12W      64E
Fulmar: 1W    1E   
Gannet: 154E      39W  
Cormorant: Present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 3+
As this appalling weather continues I spent much time today scanning the fields from the comfort of home and racking up at least 42 species.
Mute Swan: 32
Mallard: 7
Barnacle Goose: 39
Greylag Goose: 326
Canada Goose: 9
Egyptian Goose: 2
Cormorant: No Count
Grey Heron: 2
Little Egret: 1
Great White Egret: 2
Moorhen: 1
Common Buzzard: 1
Marsh Harrier: 2
Kestrel: 1
Sparrowhawk: 1
Lapwing: No Count
Golden Plover: 20+
Curlew: 4
B H Gull: No Count
Common Gull: No Count
Herring Gull: No Count
Great Black backed Gull: 5
Stock Dove: 30+
Collared Dove: 2
Wood Pigeon: No Count
Feral Pigeon: TO MANY
Skylark: 1
Dunnock: 2
Wren: 1
Robin: 1
Blackbird:1
Blue Tit: 4
Great Tit: 4
Jackdaw: No Count
Rook: No Count
Carrion Crow:
Starling: No Count
House Sparrow: No Count
Goldfinch: 12
Greenfinch: 6
Chaffinch: 3
Reed Bunting: 1


Tuesday 20 February 2024

20/02/2024

 
Some of the 6,000+ Guillemots and Razorbills that flew west past the hide while we were watching this morning.
Slow start, picked up with the arrival of range boat at 08.00, Auks kept on coming till 09.30 but still no small Auks.
07.40-09.40 with RW, OL & Sue.  Wind SW 5, Temp 9°  clear

Teal: 11E
Common Scoter: 8E    15W
Great-crested Grebe: 2E   4 on
Dunlin: 6W    
Kittiwake: 357W   
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Mediterranean Gull: 3W      1E
Common Gull: Present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Guillemot:  4,597W 
Razorbill:  1,532W
Red-throated Diver: 53E    242W
Fulmar: 3W   1E  
Gannet: 84W  
Cormorant: Present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 1
I had to spend several hours at home today waiting for the delivery of my repaired Swarovski telescope, so spent some time watching the feeders.
One of at least 14 Goldfinches visiting my feeders, image taken through the windows
Nice to see at least 5 Greenfinches visiting

Great Northern Diver over Burrowes
It would appear that the wild Swans have left Walland Marsh for their long journey back to Russia. The Glossy Ibis is still elusive around ARC, Boulderwall and the horse paddocks. I couldn't find any Cattle Egrets today. The Black-throated Diver was still on the ARC and at least one Great Northern Diver remains on Burrowes. Nothing else of note was seen.

Wednesday 14 February 2024

14/02/2024

Some of the several hundred Great-crested Grebes off the the sea watch hide this morning

A very slow sea watch this morning in thoroughly miserable conditions.

07.45-09.45  Wind SSW 6, Temp 10°  Rain, visibility 400-1,000 Mts

Shelduck: 1W
Wigeon: 6E
Common Scoter: 2E
Great-crested Grebe: Minimum of 356 present (I was bored)
Turnstone: 3W        
Kittiwake: 28W   
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Mediterranean Gull: 2W
Common Gull: Present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull: 21W
Herring Gull: present n/c
Guillemot: 48W          9E
Razorbill: 3W  
Red-throated Diver: 5E    19W
Fulmar: 2W    
Gannet: 41W     7E
Cormorant: Present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 2
Grey Seal: 1
The rest of the day was write off due to the weather.
Fulmar in the gloom this morning
Great Northern Diver on the ARC yesterday


Monday 12 February 2024

12/02/2024

 An hours watch this morning from the sea watch hide was very disappointing.

07.45-08.45 with RW 

Wind NW1 Temp 3° Clear and sunny

Wigeon: 2E
Great-crested Grebe: 14 on     
Kittiwake: 11W      
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Mediterranean Gull: 7W
Common Gull: Present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Guillemot: 12W  5E  10 on
Razorbill/Guillemot:17W
Red-throated Diver: 16W   12E 
Gannet: 8E   3W
Cormorant: Present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 1
Glossy Ibis in the horse paddock today
The 2 Great Northern and Black-throated Diver were all together on Burrowes also several Goldeneye but little else of note. Around the ARC 3 Great White Egrets  and a single Common Snipe, in the bushes 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest but generally quiet.
One of the Lydd Little Owls sun bathing today
Most of the 58 Bewick Swans wintering on Walland Marsh
A drive around the marsh found a few Tree Sparrows and Yellowhammers, good numbers of Fieldfare but just a handful of Redwing and very little else.
Bewick Swans
Bewick Swans
Bewick Swans
Great White Egret at the ARC this evening
These images help to explain the lack of passerines on Walland Marsh. Good to know our guardians of the countryside are on the case.💩


Sunday 11 February 2024

11/02/2024

The best part of the day was spent sea watching, the 2 adult Little Gulls that flew East were the highlight, hopefully the the fore runners of spring migration.

07.50-09.30 with RW & OL & 13.00-15.30 from the sea watch hide.

Wind S3 Temp 9° Cloudy with Heavy rain at times.

Brent Goose: 29E
Shelduck: 3E
Great-crested Grebe: 1E   2 on
Oystercatcher: 6E        
Kittiwake: 34E       124W    
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Little Gull: 2E adults
Mediterranean Gull:  4W    6E
Common Gull: Present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Caspian Gull: 1 present 2 cy
Guillemot: 31W  10E  13 on
Razorbill: 2W
Razorbill/Guillemot:316W     147E
Red-throated Diver: 125W   24E
Fulmar: 3W      
Gannet: 344W   163E   
Cormorant: Present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 2
Grey Seal: 1
Some of the 39 Barnacle Geese of unknown origin that were feeding in the field in front my house this morning.
The Great Northern Diver with the deformed bill was still on the ARC, thanks to NB for the info. The great Northern and Black-throated Diver was still on Burrowes today, thanks to RW for the info. The Bewick Swans are still at Clubbs Lane, Walland Marsh probably not for much longer. The Glossy Ibis is still around and Bitterns seem to be more in evidence. On The Point a Woodlark was heard yesterday and a Dartford Warbler was seen.

Wednesday 7 February 2024

07/02/2024

1w Caspian gull on the beach in front the sea watch hide this morning

08.00-09.30 with RW & OL.   Wind NE4, Temp 5° Cloudy with drizzle.

Brent Goose: 2W
Shelduck: 1W
Great-crested Grebe: 8W   1E
Oystercatcher: 1E        
Kittiwake: 7W      
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Common Gull: Present n/c
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Caspian Gull: 1 present 2 cy
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 1 present
Guillemot: 108W   7E
Razorbill/Guillemot: 146W    
Red-throated Diver: 64W   3E
Fulmar: 2W      
Gannet: 20W   
Cormorant: Present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 1
No change on the reserve, the Divers are still on Burrowes with another on the ARC. The Glossy Ibis is still present but very elusive. The winter Swans are still at Clubb's Lane, Walland Marsh, no wild geese have been reported for a few days.
Just a Leucistic Herring Gull at the fishing boats
Leucistic Herring Gull
Leucistic Herring Gull
A small East bound movement of Brent Geese this afternoon

Monday 5 February 2024

05/02/2024

Great Northern Diver on the ARC always distant
Todays sea watch carried in the same poor vein as the last few days.
07.45-09.45 with RW & OL.   Wind SW 7, Temp 10° Cloudy with poor visibility.

Brent Goose: 118E 
Shelduck: 1W     
Pintail: 17W
Common Scoter: 1W     5E         
Great-crested Grebe: 1W
Oystercatcher: 6E
Kittiwake: 51W      
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Common Gull: Present n/c
Mediterranean Gull: 1E
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Guillemot: 211W   31E
Razorbill: 44W      3E
Razorbill/Guillemot: 105W      23E
Red-throated Diver: 21W      247E
Fulmar: 1W       6E
Gannet: 46W     11E   
Cormorant: Present n/c
Stock Dove: 1 in off
Harbour Porpoise: 1
Cattle Egret playing with its food at Cockles Bridge
The long stayers were all still present today, but nothing new around the area today, even the Gulls seem to have dispersed.

Sunday 4 February 2024

04/02/2023

08.00-09.30 with RW. Wind WSW 6, Temp 11° Overcast with poor visibility.

Brent Goose: 3E 
Shelduck: 1W     
Mallard: 4W
Wigeon: 3W         
Great-crested Grebe: 2E   1W
Kittiwake: 33W      14E
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Common Gull: Present n/c
Mediterranean Gull: 3E
Great Black-backed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Guillemot: 107E   28W
Razorbill/Guillemot: 119E      64W
Red-throated Diver: 82E   483W   
Gannet: 122E    
Cormorant: Present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 1

As today was yet another dreary day I didn't bother with the camera. At Scotney the usual Golden Plover. Lapwing and feral Geese on the sward, on the lake 100s of Wigeon with smaller numbers of Tufted duck and Pochard. Scarce Grebes are just that this winter with not a single Slavonian, Black-necked or Red-necked Grebe being reported. On Burrowes still the Great Northern Diver and Black-throated Diverwith a handful of Goldeneye of any note. At the ARC this afternoon another Great Northern Diver staying obstinately over by the far bank, also the Glossy Ibis dropped in before going to roost Late afternoon. A mid afternoon walk from the ARC to Springfield Bridge found 5 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest in a small Tit flock by Hookers. A single Great White Egret was seen on Dengemarsh along with 3 Marsh Harriers. In the hay fields a few Gadwall and Teal but none of the hoped for Pipits.
AS far as I'm aware the Wild swans are still present on Walland Marsh.