Saturday, 3 September 2011

Too Tired To Think of a Title!

Today started off reasonably well, at Church Point for 7:20, with optics, chair and a Maccy D's latte.

No shearwaters at all in the hour before the heavier rain started, the only Skuas being the Arctic type, and half a dozen or so Red-throated Divers south.

Next stop, some shelter in the way of Cresswell's hide.  More than 600 Canada Geese on the west bank, with one Bar-headed Goose and three Black-tailed Godwits.

The field to the immediate west of the hide had two Meadow Pipits, three Yellow Wagtails and one Pied, and was the landing strip for two groups of Ruff, one of seven and one of six.

A Little Egret flew in from the north and alighted to the west of the SW reedbed and out of sight.

The sea of The Pools was littered with R-t Ds, more than a dozen, as well as Common Scoter and auks.  Several dark skuas were noted, but there acrobatics and the wind on the tripod made i/d tricky, but I would guess Arctics (deffo not Bonxies).

Crammy Birder had reported a Great Crested Grebe at Arcot so off there for a patch tick and a photo.

A quick walk this afternoon around St. Mary's yielded nothing of note, a single Whitethroat in the willows was the only item of note.

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