Sunday, 27 October 2013

Run of the Mill

With some early morning cloud cover I opted for a sea-watch first thing though in the event there was little happening. Fluffed what would have been the best bird of the morning as I only got onto a very black and white looking diver flying north after it was past, didn't look large but I note a single Black-throat was seen past Seaton Sluice and this may well have been that individual. Aside from that

Red-throated Diver - 4 south, 3 on sea
Med Gull - adult blogging offshore; 3 around car park
Skua sp. - 1 distantly
Mistle Thrush - 1 in off the sea

The north bay and golf course/Ash Lagoons produced next to nought, a couple of Purple Sandpipers roosting on the high tide and several hundred flighty Golden Plovers over the Ash Lagoons.
Papped Purp

Elsewhere the quietness continued, 175 Coots at QEII Country Park and 330 Teal at Widdrington Moor along with a healthy raptor count over the grasslands of 5 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and a Sprawk.

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