Wednesday 27 December 2017

Wind Chill

Meadow Pipit - Mudbank
A freezing start this morning with an unpleasant wind chill factor. Nick and I found some shelter beneath the raised beach huts and logged the regular 3 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 2 Pintail, 35 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Turnstone, 1 Guillemot and Red-throated Diver. A decent-sized flock of c150+ Gannet were feeding offshore and several auks were bombing around.
Off the Grove we had the regular 2 or 3 Great Northern Divers as well as three Red-breasted Merganser.
All I could find off Mudbank were the 4 Goldeneye (including the drake) and 12 Red-breasted Mergansers.
Yesterday the highlight was a Great Skua lingering off the seafront. Also present - 3 Eider, c25 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 3 Sanderling.
Off Mudbank - 120+ Mallard, 2 Goldeneye and c220+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose.
On the 24th - a quick look off the seafront produced 6 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Eider and the Pomarine Skua.
 'Sinensis' Cormorant - Mudbank

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