The weather's been mostly horrible today but I managed to cover a fair bit of ground by foot. A look at the sea, from 0840 - 0955, produced 110+ Gannets, 5 Kittiwakes, 2 Red-throated Divers, 14 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Fulmar, 10 Common Scoters, 24 Black-headed Gulls and 11 Common Gulls. An afternoon visit, once the tide had dropped, revealed 7 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Turnstone and 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Maer Rocks.
Otherwise, not a lot to report but a female Blackcap was an odd sight in a tightly-manicured shrub on the seafront and c170 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were on the Imperial rugby ground, along with 2 Redshank. An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the adjacent recreation ground. On Cockle Sands - 17+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 110+ Grey Plovers and c45 Knot. No sign of the Scaup off Mudbank but 125 Dunlin were feeding off there, and a Cetti's Warbler was calling from brambles behind the viewing screen.
Common Scoters whizzing past Maer Rocks.
Purple Sandpiper. Just seven counted this afternoon.
Shelly Beach - looking across to Starcross...
Adult Mediterranean Gull - Imperial rec.
One of two Red-breasted Mergansers off Shelly Beach.
Little Egret - Shelly Beach.
Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the Imperial rugby ground.
Love the beach shot.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tom! Very few people on the beach for a change which was very nice. All the best. Matt.ReplyDelete