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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Thursday 7th January 2016

Long-eared Owl at 0728hrs came out of the dock and over the Icky ridge in the dark was unexpected. Fair south-easterly wind and bucketing down with rain up to 1015hrs before the wind swung south-westerly and died down. This produced another 77 Little Gulls heading south & as the rain eased 2 Sooty Shearwaters were flying back and forth off the mouth of the estuary behind a pack of gulls following a trawler. Also noted a supporting cast of southbound 39 Kitts, 19 Brent, 4 Gannet, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Bonxie, 3 Guillimot, 2 Shelduck, 2 Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Eider, Grey Plover & Barwit plus northbound 6 Brent, 2 Red-throated Diver, Gannet & a distant Auk. A Great-crested Grebe was sat on the sea with a lack of dog walkers in the filthy weather enticing some gulls to sit on the reserve including a colour ringed Great Black-backed amongst this lot.