Saturday 30 December 2017

Pom(s) and ringed Meds

At least 1 Pomarine Skua seen off the seafront today and yesterday. I've only ever seen one at a time but the Warren had 2 birds, of the same age, yesterday and going on my numerous sightings today and yesterday, 2 birds would make a lot of sense.

A sea-watch from the raised beach huts, from 0805 to 0905, resulted in 35 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Turnstone, 8+ Purple Sandpiper, 3 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 6 Diver sp, 9+ Red-throated Diver, 2+ Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1+ Pomarine Skua. Gannet numbers were very difficult to judge but I'd say somewhere in the region of c8/900+ would seem reasonable, with a huge feeding flock off Dawlish, and a constant stream of birds in to the bay.
Off Mudbank today - 2 adult Mediterranean Gull (both ringed), 4 Goldeneye, c350+ Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 90+ Shelduck, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Sparrowhawk.
Yesterday a similar selection of species - Maer Rocks - 6+ Purple Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 40+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Eider, 9+ Common Scoter, 5+ Red-throated Diver, 4+ Great Northern Diver, 1+ Pomarine Skua and c3/400+ Gannet.

Ringed adult Med Gull - white Darvic - right leg - 34K4?
Ringed adult Med - red Darvic left leg - no further details noted.

The Kingfisher continues to perform really well off Mudbank.
An interesting gull sp (flying bird) seen yesterday off Mudbank - unfortunately too distant and too brief to do anything with. Some Caspian features but more than likely just a fw Lesser Black-back.

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