Saturday, 17 September 2011
HIRUNDINES ON THE MOVE.
Meeting Marc just before 6.00 am. this morning there was anticipation for some seasonal goodies. Although, there were no unusual suspects today we were treated to incredible numbers of firstly, Swallows and then later in the morning House Martins. I think a rough estimate of 2,000 Swallows and 1,00 House Martins maybe a little conservative. We decided to sea watch for a while and in a 2 hour session we recorded the following ; 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 13 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, c60 Common Tern, 8 Sandwich Tern, 2 LITTLE TERN, 6 BLACK TERN, 1 Brent Geese and a year tick in the form of a solitary GREAT SKUA. With a lull in proceedings we decided to have a look round the caravan bushes in the company of Julian and Alex Perry. There were c10 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps although we were unsuccessful in finding any Flycatchers. A single Grey Wagtail flew overhead and we returned to have a look from the Towers but added only 2 distant Gannets. Hopefully, we'll catch up with the rest of the country in the next few days.