Monday, 14th October 2013

Strong northerly winds in Autumn are usually poor for sea-watching here, but today was surprisingly good. One of the first birds seen this morning was a Black Guillemot flying east and 5 minutes later a cracking Great Northern Diver flew east just offshore - the closest seen off here in 30 years of sea-watching at the site. A little later a superb male Velvet Scoter flew into the Bay.

4 Wigeon west, 1 Teal east, 1 Pintail west, 55 Common Scoters east, 1 male Velvet Scoter east, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 6 Red-throated Divers east, 1 west & 1 on the sea, 1 adult Great Northern Diver east, 9 Gannets east, 1 juvenile Shag, 1 Great Crested Grebe east, 12 Guillemots, 5 Razorbills, 40 Auk sp. and 1 1st winter Black Guillemot east at 07:55.

Visible Migration 
14 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Grey Heron east, 4 Alba Wagtails south and 7 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants
2 Goldcrests, 2 Song Thrushes, 12 Redwings and 3 Wheatears.

225 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Med. Gull.

1 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit and 3 Greenfinches.

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