Monday, 5 May 2014

Poms with Spoon's............At Dungeness

Light Phase Pomarine Skua.

Checking the forecast last night had me thinking it could be a good day for Pomarine Skuas off Dungeness today so a very early start had me arriving by the sea watching hide at 5.20am , the first Pom Skua went east at approx : 5.37 am so my timing was pretty good and i spent a productive 3 hours there til 8.20 am , I then went of for a toilet break and coffee to warm myself up and i also had a quick look over the Arc pit before i headed back to the sea for another 2 hour session from 10.30 am to 12.30pm  here are my joint totals for both sessions:

All birds were moving East unless otherwise stated.

                                     Pomarine Skua : 23  ( 4 in first session )

Great Skua : 3

Arctic Skua : 3

Black Throated Diver : 1

Red Throated Diver : 3

Common Scoter : 375

Pintail : 5

Shelduck : 2

Shoveler : 2

Fulmar : 3

                    Gannet : 20  ( east & west )

Little Tern : 7

Arctic Tern : 3

Sandwich Tern : 10

                          Common Tern : 150 + ( east & west )

Kittiwake : 5

Oystercatcher : 50 +

Whimbrel : 15

Bar Tailed Godwit : 7

Sanderling : 18

Dunlin : 1

       Auk sp : 22 ( east & west )

Guillemot : 3

Yellow Wagtail : 2 ( in off )

Swallow : 3 ( in off )

Harbour Porpoise :  2

Note the full " Spoons ".

Drake Garganey on ARC Pits.

One of many Common Terns .

Other birds of note were Black Redstart calling from inside the power station grounds plus a distant Sparrowhawk circling over the Bird Obs.