Saturday, 9 March 2013

Wknd 9-10 March

Sunday - around WeBS, on farm resrs: drake Scaup East Fenton, 3 Goldeneye Chapel, pr Red-breasted Merganser East Fortune; 47 Whoopers in cereal S of Drem pools, flew E, later 30 in cereal (above, below wind turbines) and 6 on grass either side of Muirton all unringed, included juvs 5, 3 & 3; also still 3 on the ex-landfill.

Perishingly cold at the Seton Sands roost at dusk on Saturday but a good influx of small gulls (5k+), seemingly finding something interesting to eat in the shallows with the tide way out. 3 ad Lesser Blackbacks was a small increase but no big arrival round here yet, seem to be slow off the mark this year! A single ad Med Gull seemed to be unringed. 20 Kittiwakes passed east in 10 minutes, 2 tarrocks.

Have noted several nests appearing in bare trees, these being due to Woodpigeons and I guess in many previous years I would have overlooked - but recognise they are new now otherwise would already have recorded for atlas!

Pr Oycs (below) remained at King's Building to end of the week.

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