Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Thurlestone Bay

After a very stormy night and some very heavy rain ( there is more water on the marsh than at any time this year) expectations were high- we were not disappointed . Bay watched 06.15 - 12.30 Watchers PaulB , Bob B, AJL, Nick T  Mike Morris and myself.

It was a Tern and Skua morning, probably the largest total of Skua's in a morning for many years.

Common Tern  93,  Sandwich Tern  77 , Great Skua - 10 ( inc 2 groups of 4 ) Arctic Skua 9 ( inc dark intermediate and pale phases ) Whimbrel 63, Bar Tailed Godwit 3 , Gannet 265, Fulmar 9 , Razorbill 16,
Kittiwake 77, Great Northern Diver ( sp )1, Brent Goose ( d b )1 .

A brief look by Nick at South Huish marsh produced 10 Swallow, 5 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Wblr.

At 11.30 news re'cd  of Swift at Thurlestone marsh - quick visit produced 2 (first of the year ) 4 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, and 10 Swallow.

Will post later if any addn'l news