Sunday, 28 October 2012

Tystie Late Auk Show

Spent most of the weekend drowning under the weight of Little Auk reports from the length of the east coast, frustrating, with good numbers of other species mixed in. Even near-inland sites such as Seaton Sluice managed double digit counts.
The lost hour of light didn't help but I managed 30 minutes at Newbiggin late afternoon, I don't think I saw more than a dozen birds in flight but what the session lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality. A drake Velvet Scoter north was the first notable, followed by two single Little Auks, then with the light just beginning to make the high end of the scope unusable an adult Black Guillemot flew north about 800m out. Only my 2nd Newbiggin record of this species this was a moulting/winter adult.
On the sea c.6 Goldeneyes included a drake and a couple of Red-throated Divers were just offshore. Rather more unusual was a Fieldfare coming in off that ditched into the sea, after floating wings outstretched for a short while it attracted the attentions of a Herring Gull. I was surprised to see it take off and continue towards the shore, still a few hundred metres offshore it was harried by a second gull and pitched onto the sea. This time there was to be no escape, surrounded and outnumbered it became a meal for at least one of the local gulls, so close....

No comments: