Saturday, 8 March 2014

Wknd 8-9 March

Seton roost dusk Saturday: c. 2000 BHG many now hooded, c. 1350 Common Gull, 1 ad-sum Med Gull - above, a fairly rare sight for me, can't remember the last I saw in full breeding. Still had orange tip on bill, unringed.

Morning tried vismig at the King's Chair over Gullane Bay, not a lot of movement, wagtails and Siskin were best (full counts); out in the bay a minimum of 630 Common Scoter, mainly concentrated into rafts, with a GND diving just off the Point.

Sunday - many Whoopers on the move now (Whitburn, Linthrathen) so checked on ours to see if any remained, total 127 (26 juv, b4, 2xb3, 4xb2?) mainly Drem Farm, also 5 each at Fenton Barns and Upper Mill Burn, with 21 Mutes (10 juv) still in rape by Fenton Barns vegetable processing. Yellow-46I still, which is a useful end of winter date, don't expect she will be here much longer. Anyway, no major departure from here yet.

Seton at dusk was similar to last night with a large concentration of summer plumage BHG off Longniddry c/p 1; a single Med Gull again, also an unringed adult but some white on forehead - without photos I'd have been doubting whether last night's bird really had a full hood. 130 Herrings flew in and drank then all departed NE.

Gosford+Seton shore held 236+8 Barwits, 192+62 Curlew, 8+38 Wigeon, with 270+ Velvet Scoter in the bay at dusk.

During the week - Nuthatch song from Fernyness Wood opposite the station, and Rooks building in Kitchener Cres and at Longniddry Farm, the station colony seems to be out of favour.

3 larger size Woodpigeon nests below, the first nearly a foot deep, sadly not Jay nests.


  1. 27 Whoopers in Aberlady Bay late morning were pretty obvious migrants - all asleep recuperating

  2. Thanks - that's what I was hoping to see, migrant Whoopers! I've added to trek...