Thursday, 19 November 2009

The Wind Still Blows...

This is what the sea has been looking like for a good five days now...

Big waves! Even bigger today!!!

Yesterday's highlight though was not a wind blown sea bird, but the wonderful Snow Bunting on Beer Head; photos of it can be found HERE and HERE. I only had about one minute with it, but what a stunner! It's still there today, and according to various locals has been around for at least five days. Just shows what can be lurking on patch without the local birders knowing... and this was lurking ON a track, think what is lurking just the other side of the hedge!!! We must miss SOOOOOO much.... Thanks to James Mc for getting the news of our third Snow Bunt in as many years to us as soon as he could : )

Also yesterday, an adult and second-winter Little Gull were excellent to watch - I think Little Gulls are great. Second only to Sabs (maybe Ivory and Ross's too - so fourth in fact!).

Seawatching from Beer this morning was ok, but still no Leach's or Grey Phals! I watched 07:40 - 09:15, Ian M joined me for the last 25 minutes. By the end of the watch my notebook read (all west): 19 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 122 Gannet, 14 Fulmar (some blogging), 1 Balearic Shearwater (certainly 'bird of the watch' - it flew close west at 08:00), 54 Kittiwake and 79 auk sp.

After this a look at the river showed the drake Gadwall still loafing with the Mallards by the tram shed, and that there was lots of water about! But that seemed it....

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