Sunday, 2 January 2011

Prawle +

Seawatch first thing produced 3 Great Northern, 4 Black-throated and 5 Red-throated Divers, (also 2 unidentified which were probably Black-throated), 341 Gannets, 2 Fulmar, 26 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, Common Scoter, 2 Med Gulls and 2510 Auks. Nearly all of these were Razorbills early on, but more Guillemots passed towards the end of the watch - estimated breakdown 2300 Razorbills, 210 Guillemots.

Other birds; 2 Goosanders (flew east), 2 Curlew, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Knot, 3 Redshank, Ringed Plover, 13 Turnstone, 12 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Woodcock, 21 Song Thrush, 60+ Redwing, 165+ Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Water Pipit and 2 Chiffchaff.

Rained off mid-afternoon so came home via Beesands, by which time there were 8 Goosanders, and Start Bay, with 1 Black-necked Grebe off the monument car-park. (Seems likely the Prawle Goosanders were heading back to Beesands?)