Tuesday 27 December 2016

Bonys n 2 Firecrests

Sunrise on a bitterly cold morning off Orcombe Point

Thirty-three Redwings flew over the house as I was leaving this morning. Soon afterwards Nick and I went through a decent gathering of Herring Gulls off Orcombe Point this morning. They were busy scoffing starfish but we couldn't pick out anything unusual amongst them. Two Eiders were off Maer Rocks and we managed to locate two Firecrests, together, behind the cricket club. There seems to be good numbers of Goldcrests wintering along that back stretch of Holm Oaks too but if there are any Yellow-browed Warblers around they're keeping tight-lipped!
Off Mudbank - c40+ Wigeon and a Greenshank were logged among the usual stuff and the adult Bonaparte's Gull was performing well off Shelly Beach from 1415 to 1500 at least, though it stubbornly refused to come close.

The long-staying Bonaparte's Gull on its nearest pass - Shelly Beach.

Redshank - Shelly Beach

Little Egret - Shelly Beach

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