Wednesday 12 February 2020

12th February 2020

Weather: Wind W force 6/7 reducing as the day progressed

The last vestiges of Storm Ciara were still producing strong westerly winds so a lengthy sea watch was undertaken over the (very) high tide. The highlight was seven Little Gulls, unfortunately mostly distant. Five Kittiwakes were also seen. Small numbers of auks were noted including a Puffin (seen by a non-member), while Red-throated Divers reached double-figures.
The strong winds meant the Brent Geese kept a very low profile, not appearing until well after the tide. Common Scoters were seen in good numbers throughout the day, whilst a flock of 30 Pintail was a good record.
The wind also meant few passerines were seen and only three Purple Sandpipers sheltered on the east side.
Two thousand Herring Gulls roosted the tide on Middle but despite a thorough search nothing scarcer could be found amongst them.

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