Friday, 16 April 2004

16th April 2004 Rottingdean 6.15am – 8.00am. Clear with light SE 10-15

Red-throated Diver 1E
Diver sp. 1E possibly Black-throated but couldn’t discern any white shoulder patches.
Great Crested Grebe 1W
Gannet 13E
Brent Goose 44E
Pale-bellied Brent Goose 1E
Shelduck 20E
Gadwall 2E
Shoveler 33E
Teal 6E
Scaup / Tufted Duck 4E (2 drake, 2 duck) couldn’t discern grey mantle
Eider 11E
Scoter 502E
Velvet Scoter 10E
Long-tailed Duck 2E (6.30am & 7.45am) both females, both with flocks of Scoter. Second very close with pale face easily discernable.
Merganser 5E
Red-legged Partridge 1 Ditchling Beacon
Curlew / Whimbrel 2E
Whimbrel 23E
Bonxie 3E
Arctic Skua 10E
Common Gull c.25E mainly 1st-s
Little Gull 48E
Little Tern 7E
Sandwich Tern 38E with many missed as flying along the beach!
Commic Tern 9E
Arctic Tern 7E a tight fast-flying flock appearing very short-necked, long tailed and upperwings clean lacking any trace of a dark wedge.
Auk sp.1E