I was back seawatching with Ian again this morning on the incoming tide. We had full cloud cover with a good 15 mph southwesterly wind. At the car park a Willow Warbler gave a few snatches of song indicating that there might be a few grounded migrants about.
Whilst sheltering in front of the tower six Wheatears dropped in and landed on the beach; a bit of migration in action! And then Ian shouted "what the f*ck was that"? I was busily looking down the end of my scope and wondered what he was on about and said "what was what"? He said a small bird had flown between his tripod legs and then flew through my tripod legs and dropped into the dunes! We quickly climbed up on to the dunes and straight away flushed a Grasshopper Warbler. More migration in action!
There was some vis this morning and like yesterday there was split between birds heading into the wind and others battling north across the bay. Our vis totals were two Tree Pipits, 33 Meadow Pipits, an Alba Wag, seven Swallows, 24 Linnets and eight Goldfinches.
Passage at sea was similar to yesterday, without the Velvets, and included six Red-throated Divers, 95 Common Scoters, 12 Eiders, two Red-breasted Mergansrs, five Kittiwakes, a Gannet, 30 Grey Plovers and a female Goldeneye.
Waders on the shore were just 71 Dunlins and five Ringed Plovers. On my way to the Wenning valley I called in to the cemetery and had two Wheatears, six Willow Warblers and another Gropper.
It's a day in the office for me tomorrow to finish off two reports so I am free to bird/ring on Friday.
Wednesday 7th December 2016 - Rock Pipit & Purple Sandpiper still along the concrete riverbank but you have been given photo's of them in recent days so here's a Herring Gull to warm ...
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