Friday, 23 March 2018

Bluethroat revisited!

06.50-11.00 From the Sea Watch hide with JTM, DR, OL LH & PH
Brent Goose: 1,972 up
Shelduck: 2 up
Teal: 11 up
Shoveler: 1 up
Common Scoter: 52 up
Red-throated Diver: 27 up   5 down
Great-crested Grebe: 6 up 4 on
Fulmar: 11 up   3 down
Gannet: 178 up .  31 down
Oystercatcher: 13 up
Ringed Plover: 1 up
Curlew: 11 down
Mediterranean Gull: 1 up
Little Gull: 2 up   + 1 at the Patch
Yellow-legged Gull: 3w at The Patch
Guillemot: c100 around
Razorbill: 2 up
Auk sp: c100 around
Harbour Porpoise: 4
 A short video of the Bluethroat can be seen HERE

Chiffchaff from Firth

Wednesday, 21 March 2018


 1 of at least 3 Firecrests in the lighthouse garden this morning
I didn't stay long at The Patch as there was no Gulls there due to a couple of fisherman on the beach.
08.50-09.20 at The Patch:
Brent Goose: 9 up
Red-throated Diver: 28 up
Great-crested Grebe: 168 on
Gannet: c50 feeding
Great Skua: 1 up
Kittiwake: c40 feeding
Sandwich Tern: 2 up
Guillemot: 84 on
Harbour Porpoise: 7 around
 Chiffchaff on the power station perimeter wall this morning was new in, still with it's forehead encrusted with what I think is Olive pollen, also a Song Thrush in the garden.
 Pied Wagtail fly catching on the perimeter wall
 Firecrest at Jarmans
There were 2 more Firecrests in the Gorse at Jarmans, nearby a Wheatear on the beach and a male Black Redstart in one of the gardens. A Merlin was also seen there.
 Wheatear near the lifeboat station
Dunlin at Scotney
Late morning at Scotney 14 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plovers and a Curlew on the flooded sward. Still c150 feral Barnacle Geese and 150 Wigeon by the double bends. 
A wander around Dengemarsh looking for Scandi and Water Pipits drew a blank, on the lake a winter plumaged Slavonian Grebe was the highlight. A pair of Egyptian Geese and a couple of displaying Lapwings on the Hayfields. I gave the Gully a miss as it looked liked Tesco's car park on a Saturday viewed from the reserve.
14.20-15.50 from the fishing boats:
Brent Goose: 6 up
Common Scoter: 3 up
Red-throated Diver: 21 up   7 down
Great-crested Grebe: c 20 on
Gannet: 24 up.  11 down
Oystercatcher: 1 around
Little Gull: 6 up (very distant) 84 seen from the sea watch hide per DR.
Mediterranean Gull: 1 up
Kittiwake: 16 up.    34 down
Sandwich Tern: 11 up.   17 down
Guillemot: c40 around
Auk sp: c300 up
Harbour Porpoise: 2 around
Late afternoon 3 Smew including the drake on Tanners Pool, also a Great White Egret there, 2 Marsh Harriers, c150 Wigeon, 30 Teal and a party of c100 Golden Plover, some of which are sporting there smart summer dress.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Bluethroat in the Sunshine!

The Bluethroat sunbathing this afternoon
 Migrant Song Thrush at the Beach car park this morning
 The Glaucous Gull still at The Patch
 7U9B Yellow ringed Herring Gull
Very quiet on the sea this morning at The Patch:
Common Scoter: 8 up
Red-throated Diver: 5 up
Great-crested Grebe: c15 around
Gannet: c25 around
Cormorant: c120 around
Glaucous Gull: the regular juvenile
Little Gull: 1 adult around
Sandwich Tern: 2 down
Razorbill: 2 up
Guillemot: 10+ around
Common Seal: 1 around
This afternoon the Bluethroat was showing exceptionally well in Dengemarsh Gully

 Several Firecrests still in the Gully this afternoon

Monday, 19 March 2018


Both Bluethroats were showing well in Dengemarsh Gully this morning. The adult male that was frequenting the stream was slightly more elusive but much more comfortable to view as the viewing was in the cover of the gully out of the biting wind, whereas viewing of the 1w was in the full force of the icy blast. There are claims of up to 4 Bluethroats being present, though personally I only saw the 2 birds. A minimum of 5 Firecrests were present in the gully, a party of 24 Barnacle Geese flew over as well as a party of 20+ linnet.
The regular Glaucous Gull was seen on the reserve along with a Slavonian Grebe but apparently little else.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

 The Glaucous Gull at The Patch this morning
 With a howling westerly wind blowing the sea passage this morning was virtually non existent, just a few each of Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Kittiwake and Guillemot offshore meant I spent the best part of 3 hours in the The Patch hide looking at Gulls again. The bright sunlight made viewing anything directly in front the hide difficult. There 1,000s of Gulls present including the regular juvenile Glaucous Gull, a couple of Mediterranean Gulls and managed to read at least 20 colour ringed Gulls.
At the fishing boats this afternoon there was no sign of the 1w Iceland Gull.
Late afternoon on the reserve no sign of the Smew on Tanners Pool but Great white Egret there, on Burrowes the Glaucous Gull came into roost and a Grey Plover was in front the visitor Centre of note.
I probably wont be doing another post for just over a week as I'm off to to the Western Sahara hopefully to see Golden Nightjar.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

A Pleasant Day!

06.30-08.00 from the sea watch hide. Many thanks to AJG for supplying the numbers.
Brent Goose: 112 up
Common Scoter: 5 up
Red-throated Diver: 95 up, exactly 100 flew down channel after disturbance by the range boat.
Gannet:17 around
Oystercatcher: 4 up
Kittiwake: 64 up
Guillemot: 89 on sea
At The Patch the 1w Iceland Gull was still in residence along with a couple of Mediterranean Gulls 
among the many Herring and great Black-backed Gulls, for the second day running no sign of the regular juvenile Glaucous Gull.
A stroll around the Kerton Road triangle mid morning found 2 Dartford Warblers, 2 Stonechats and 6 Meadow Pipits.
Dartford Warbler at Kerton Road mid morning

Dartford Warbler at Kerton Road mid morning

2 Hares squaring up on the Boulderwall Fields
Late morning on the reserve 3 Smew including a drake and a Great White Egret on Tanners Pool viewed from the entrance track. In the adjacent fields 2 Hares were nice to see and watch. Another 5 Great White Egrets were on Dengemarsh per MH. Only a few Gulls present apart from a couple of readable colour rings there was nothing of any note among them.
1w Iceland Gull
Early afternoon when I arrived back at The Patch the 1w Iceland Gull was still in the roost, a few minutes later it and all the other Gulls were flushed by fisherman who insist on casting there lines out towards the boil, the only up side was they flushed the Iceland Gull towards the hide giving me a nice fly by. 

1w Iceland Gull
14.30-15.30 from the fishing boats:
Brent Goose: 2 up
Red-throated Diver: 46 up
Great-crested Grebe: c150 offshore
Gannet: 4 around
Kittiwake: 17 down
Guillemot: 16 down   2 up
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 1
Juvenile Glaucous Gull on Burrowes late afternoon
Late afternoon on the reserve 2 Marsh Harriers and Great White Egrets flew over the entrance track,  on Burrowes the regular juvenile Glaucous Gull was roosting among the Cormorants, 5 Goldeneye could be found among the Pochard and Tufted Duck, still good numbers of Shovelers present.