Sunday, 29 August 2010

29th August 2010

The strong north westerly wind continued at force 5 or 6 gusting force 7 occassionally (later) gale force 8. An early morning sea-watch produced 500 Sandwich Terns, 30 Common Terns, a single Little Tern and a single Wigeon (just off the North End - see left with Oystercatcher). However, star bird was a juvenile (intermediate phase) Long-tailed Skua which was seen twice for extended periods heading west and occassionally harrassing the odd tern.

A later sea-watch over the tide produced 2 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Fulmar, 20 Kitttiwakes and a single Great Skua.

The only other birds of note were the continued presence of small numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits on the East Hoyle (20 today, 30 yesterday) and the almost ever present Little Egret in the gutter hunting the ebbing tide (see right).

[JE, PSW, SRW, CLW, TGW, CJW(f), GIW + visitors JC and RS] Photos (Wigeon PSW & Little Egret SRW)

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