Monday 25 March 2024

Monday 25th March

An immature Black-throated Diver was the highlight of a two hour 30 min seawatch this morning, the first confirmed record since oct 2018. It flew in from the east before landing close in off seawall, lingering for 10-15 minutes before it took off continuing SW, accompanying one of the morning's 23 Red-throated Diver.

Also heading SW, 468 Kittiwake, 378 Gannet, 48 auk sp, 34 Guillemot, 21 Razorbill, the first 12 Manx Shearwater of the year, 10 Common Scoter, eight Fulmar and four Sandwich Tern with two Great Northern Diver on the sea. 

Counts from the morning high tide included 106 Oystercatcher, 56 Dark and seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 34 Redshank, 26 Curlew, 13 Knot, eight Eider, seven Teal, six Ringed and five Grey Plover, three Bar-tailed Godwit, a pair of Red-breasted Merganser, two Greenshank and a Dunlin.

Elsewhere the Water Pipit was in the saltmarsh, a summer plumaged Scandinavian Rock Pipit was in The Bight and five  Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest were in the blown out bushes. 

Year list additions

119. Black-throated Diver
120. Manx Shearwater

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