Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Wk 15-19 August

Delayed WeBS on Tuesday found the eclipse drake Mandarin still on East Fortune pond, good view of legs confirming unringed. A Greenshank gave a fly past round perimeter of pond at same site, a few Swift over. Juveniles of Little Grebe, Tufted Duck and Bullfinch present, with another useful addition via a covey of Grey Partridge at Balgone Barns.

On to Seacliff where proof of Stock Dove breeding for NT68 was still not forthcoming, just 4 birds in trees. On rocks at Great Car evidence of an influx from the Isle of May: 220 Shag (about half were juvs, many colour ringed), 49 Turnstone, 7 Purple Sand, 7 Knot, 3 Goosander, 25 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Tern with a single juv.

At Aberlady, a Mute Swan influx with 50 adults present (reminiscent of the influx of 42 on 10/8/08), I wonder what the record is here? Also 3 Wigeon, 11 Teal.

Off Seton Burn, 4 Red-necked Grebes.

On Monday still at least 27 Swift over Cockenzie primary, soon to be off no doubt.

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