Tuesday, 9 August 2011


Picking Heathy up at quarter past five this morning all seemed well for a successful sea watch.  He had assured me that northerlies would be bringing in hoardes of Shearwaters, Terns and Skuas.  However, three and a half hours later the sorry statistics of 32 Gannet, 100 plus Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Ringed Plover, 30 Common Tern, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Skua and 1 Kittiwake was all we had to show. Fortunately, Derek Smith's company made up for the disappointing totals and drowned out Heathy's pathetic excuses.  We moved on to Marshside just outside the recording area where Derek had found some Willow Emerald Damselflies which I was informed were extremely rare.  Marc made up for his earlier misdemeanours with some excellent photographs of 12 plus of the species (see image above).  We returned to Chambers Wall where we walked to the sea noting a Small Red-Eyed Damselfly, 2 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 3 Dunlin one with an incredibly long beak. All in all it was a really enjoyable session despite not a great deal to be seen.

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