Monday, 27 December 2010

Prawle area

A juvenile Glaucous Gull in Horseley Cove was the pick of today's birds.
Otherwise it's pretty much as-you-were, with a few additions. Waders were represented by 64 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 5 Redshank, 83 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, 3 Knot, Ringed Plover, 13 Turnstone, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Snipe and a Woodcock.
Earlier, a seawatch threw up 2 Red-throated and 1 Black-throated Diver, Balearic Shearwater, (flying east, and possibly the same bird as seen over the last couple of weeks?), 417 Gannets, 6 Eider, Red-breasted Merganser and 51 Kittiwake.
Other highlights were 3 Goosander that flew in from the east, circled a couple of times then flew off west, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, Teal, Shoveler, Water Rail, 300+ Skylark, Water Pipit, 65 Song Thrush, 47 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 5 Mistle Thrush and a Chiffchaff.