Saturday 18 January 2014

18th January 2014

Purple Sandpipers (JE)
Feature of the day were the 12,000 Common Scoters seen out towards the West Hoyle wind farm, very large numbers have been noted quite frequently in this area since the building of the turbines.

A winter plumaged Slavonian Grebe was seen by visiting birders on the flooding tide and 25 Great Crested Grebes were also counted (see photo below).  A Great Northern Diver flew east and ditched in but was lost to view in the swell.  The 15 Purple Sandpipers  present were more than have been about most of this winter, eight roosted at the north end over high tide. Some pictures below from today.
Great Northern Diver (SRW)
Brent Geese flying as the tide pushed in (JE)

Great Crested Grebes off the north end (SRW)

Wind turbines being towed into place (SRW)

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