Shamefully I didn't get out until 0640 this morning as I sampled one or two real ales last night and consequently as it had been light, and warm, for a couple of hours a heat haze had developed on the sea making viewing conditions tricky, bordering on useless! It was a shame as otherwise the weather conditions were quite good for an early August sea watch in as much as there had been a fairly stiff southwesterly wind for a couple of days and there was a morning tide.
However it wasn't to be and the sea was fairly quiet. In just under two hours all I recorded was a single Common Tern, three Gannets, five Cormorants, a Sandwich Tern and six Common Scoters. There were a number of Terns out in the heat haze and all I could say was that they were Terns!
Perhaps the best birds of the morning came towards the end of my watch when Ian and I decided to walk down the point and look at the waders; there wasn't many of them either! Ian shouted that he had four Little Terns going west close in and I got on them and there was actually at least six! There could just have been a couple more as they kept disappearing in wave troughs making counting accurately difficult.
As I hinted at above waders were in low numbers and I recorded 30 Oystercatchers, 52 Dunlins, two Grey Plovers (west), six Turnstones and 17 Ringed Plovers. The only visible migration I had were two Swallows west.
After my shortened seawatch I headed to the pools to remove my ropes from the net rides in preparation for switching my autumnal ringing effort to the coastal farm fields and hedges.
In Memory Of My Dearest Father - *PETER CLARKE* Ornithologist, Naturalist, Photographer, Author, Founder and first Warden of Holme Bird Observatory and NOA Dearly loved husband of Margaret...
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