Saturday, 5 April 2014

5th April - Horizon

With the mist lifted and family plans ruling the main daylight hours the only option for some birding was an early morning patch visit. A splendid sunrise and good visibility raised hopes of some interest. In the event the sea was quiet with little volume though a few individual sightings stood out. New for the year were three Goosander that headed out north-east (two drakes and a female) and three Sandwich Terns moved north. A single drake Long-tailed Duck flew south and then (presumably the same individual) flew north again a few minutes later.

Post sea-watch I headed to the Spital Burn area for a brief migrant search resulting in a singing Willow Warbler in willows from the private access road.

Church Point (06:45-07:45)

Common Scoter 5 >N
Goosander 3>NE
Sand Martin 5>S
Long-tailed Duck drake >S then >N
Jackdaw 3 flew out to sea >NE
Sandwich Tern 3>N
Gannet 4>N (all adults)
Red-throated Diver 3>N 1>S
Fulmar 10>N


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