Monday 13 March 2023

Pale-bellied Brents

Second-winter Mediterranean Gull - Mudbank.

At least 12, probably 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, in with c100 Dark-bellied Brent Geese distantly off Shelly beach this evening. A nice bit of early movement for a species I normally associate with April. Also off there - 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, c35 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers. Not much else today but a short sea-watch (0640 - 0725) in a strong south-westerly,  from the raised beach huts, produced 24 Gannets, 4 Kittiwakes, 4 Fulmars, 1 Common Scoter and the 2 immature drake Eiders.
Off Mudbank - just 9 Redshank, 28 Wigeon, 53 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Common Sandpiper and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull of any note. Otherwise - a Mistle Thrush on Warren View playing fields and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull moving between the Imperial rugby ground and adjacent Duck Pond.
Yesterday - 75 Wigeon and an adult Mediterranean Gull off Mudbank. Off the seafront - 12+ Great Crested Grebes, 2 Eiders and 1 Red-throated Diver. Orcombe Point - 3 Chiffchaffs, c30+ Common Scoters (off Straight Point) and the 2 Eiders.

Common Sandpiper - Mudbank.

First-winter Mediterranean Gull - Duck Pond.

Wigeon - Mudbank.

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