This mornings sea watch was scaled down version of yesterdays watch, with 6+ Arctic Skuas back and forth chasing a few Sandwich and Common Terns, a flock of 90 Kittiwakes were loitering offshore, as were a c20 Gannets, a Guillemot on the sea was a first for the Autumn for me, 10 Common Scoter moved West, probably the only birds actually migrating were 3 Teal that flew West, at least 7 Harbour Porpoise were offshore with a Grey Seal. 3 Grey Wagtails were on the settling beds behind the sea watch hide.
A pleasant hour in the warm sunshine this afternoon at the fishing boats with AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Cormorant: 9 around
Kittiwake: 13 around
Mediterranean Gull: 1E
Sandwich Tern: 31 around
Common Tern: 1 around
Arctic Skua; 6 around
Guillemot: 1 on
Auk sp: 1W
Swallow: 39 out
Sand Martin: 11 out
Harbour Porpoise: 9+
Grey Seal: 1
1 of many Chiffchaffs around this morning
A chilly early morning around the bushes c40 Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Common Whitethroats, 3 Wheatear and Tree Pipit I nearly trod on which is exactly what I have to do to be close enough to hear them call. As soon as temperature started rising the birds seemed to melt away.
The Glossy Ibis was still on its chosen island at the ARC today, also 3 Clouded Yellows there. 2 Cattle Egrets were at the top of Cooks pool with 2 Great Egrets and a Little Egret. Burrowes from Dennis's a Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Snipe among the Lapwings.
An hour in the Lydd Fields 11.00-midday skywatching for Honey Buzzards which failed to materialise again, but instead saw a Common Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawks, 4 Yellow Wagtails, several Reed Buntings, a Reed Warbler, a Cetti's warbler calling, more Chiffchaffs and 100s of Greylags dropping into the stubble.
Cattle Egrets at top end of Cooks Pool
Reed Bunting Lydd fields
Yellow Wagtail Lydd fields
Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the perimeter wall early morning
A late Small Elephant Hawkmoth in the trap yesterday