Monday, 6 December 2010

A very pleasant day also presented more in the way of birds today. A very high tide and a substantial westerly surge meant that many gulls and waders fed in the churned-up waters and shoreline of Solfach. Gull counts came to: three Mediterranean Gulls, 340 Black headed Gulls, thirty eight Common Gulls, 220 Herring Gulls, three Greater black backed Gulls and 220 Kittiwakes. Good numbers of waders were also seen: 47 Oystercatchers, two Ringed Plover, twelve Golden Plovers, two Grey Plovers, 36 Lapwings, a Sanderling, thirteen Purple Sandpipers, three Dunlins, a Whimbrel, 48 Redshanks and 58 Turnstones were the totals. A Great Northern Diver flew by at sea and the Common Rosefinch appeared in Cristin garden again.

Buzzard, Golden Plover, Sanderling, Short-eared Owl, Dunnock and Pied Wagtail (c) Richard Brown

A Sanderling had arrived during the night and spent the day feeding alongside the usual waders.
 Redshanks were also feeding in Solfach.
The gull feeding flock at high tide seemed to mainly compromise of Black headed Gulls(top two) and Common Gulls(bottom) whilst Kittiwakes fed further out. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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