Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Sandwich Terns & Med Gulls

Dungeness - 0630-0800hrs - Mild, cloudy, se 1 - A 90 minute seawatch from the concrete road, in the company of MH, delivered a couple of Marsh year ticks in the form of Sandwich Tern (139) and Med Gull (140) with the highlight being the number of divers. Most movement was in the first hour. All birds counted going east as follows: Red-throated Diver 235, Gannet 82, auks 255, Fulmar 6, Sandwich Tern 7, Med Gull 3, Kittiwake 23, Oystercatcher 24, Curlew 5, Shelduck 2 and Common Scoter 82. A Common Seal noted offshore.
Lade - Fairly quiet here although a smart adult Med Gull amongst the Black-heads on north pit was good to see. Across both pits 5 Goldeneye and a Smew amongst the diving ducks. Every year a pair of Oystercatchers nest on the scaffold island on south pit and today was the first time I`ve seen them this season, perched on the scaffold plank cosying up to one another.

                                Oystercatchers, Lade

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