Monday, 25 March 2019

Red throated chaos

A red-throated diver trailing a bright orange item round its leg was diving close inshore by the near naze attracting alarm calling gulls.  This unfortunately spooked 6000 Knot but I managed to read seven colour marks but made the cardinal mistake of not writing down an Icelandic one as I was trying to read another bird at the same time.  Then I promptly forgot what the last letter was.  Familiar?

Kittiwake - single 2cy

Vis 0915-1030
Meadow pipit - c25 North
Pied Wagtail - 2 N
Goldfinch- 7 N
Greenfinch - 3N
Linnet - 4N
Siskin - 2N
Sparrowhawk - 1 N

Low tide channel
Eider - 430
Wigeon - 3
Great-crested Grebe - 8

Middleton Nature Reserve pm
Chiffchaff 5 seen and or heard
No sign of Shoveler or Tufted
Gadwall 2
Teal 4
Little grebe 1
Cetti's warbler, two singing
Some high raptor movement including at least one Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk