Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Jackpot !!! (05/05/2014)

What a morning - I seawatched from 5.40am -> 12.30pm.

It started fairly slow and had to wait for an hour for any skuas, however it was a Pomarine Skua.  While watching a lot of Common Scoter as per yesterday, it suddenly all kicked off with a flock of 6 Pomarine Skuas, followed closely by four more which then joined up with the first group.  A bitter later another 4 went passed and then singletons until one of the observers picked up a large flock distantly on the horizon (a flock of 15).  Finally, for me, at 12.30 a flock of 9 flew past.

I had a total of 47 birds (including 2 dark phase birds), but the brilliant thing was that the first flocks were very closely in and gave fantastic views.  I also saw 6 Arctic Skuas (including 2 dark phase birds), although I missed the Bonxie.  On the sea was a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver and 2 others flew past,  Waders passed included Whimbrel, 6 Barwits, Knot and 6 Sanderling, 3 of which landed briefly on the beach.

One of the larger flocks of Common Scoter contained a Velvet Scoter.

I dropped into Chichester GP's on the way home and had no luck with the reported Arctic Tern, but even better there were two summer plumaged Black Terns.

No Tree Pipits at Broxhead Common.

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