Hooded Grebes - Patagonia - November 2016

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Splash Point 8/5/6

The past few days seawatching have all been about the quality rather than the quantity. Ten hours of seawatching yesterday produced only a stunning Roseate Tern and a distant Manx Shearwater.

However today there was much more diversity with a strengthened SE wind. I was very pleased to add another 21 Pomarine Skuas to my season tally, though an incoming Osprey and two immaculate summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebes offshore provided the other highlights. The potential bird of the morning was a frustratingly distant 'Marsh Tern' that without going into too much detail, had many features resembling that of a Whiskered Tern (that was flying alongside a Common Tern) and was first considered to be a Black Tern.

Still, a very enjoyable four days of seawatching notching my Pom tally up to 169 for the spring, with hopefully a couple more opportunities in the afternoons and evenings next week.

Totals for today between 05.00-14.00 are:

Pomarine Skua - 21
Arctic Skua - 4 (3 l/p)
Great Skua - 1
Tufted Duck - 3
Red-breasted Merganser - 2
Shoveler - 2
Common Scoter - 104
Sandwich Tern - 25
Commic Tern - 289
Little Tern - 7
Arctic Tern - 2
Black-necked Grebe  - 2 offshore
Gannet - 62
Sanderling - 22
Dunlin - 1
Whimbrel - 25
Grey Plover - 1
Bar-tailed Godwit - 21
Black-throated Diver - 1W
Diver sp. - 2
Brent Geese - 22
Osprey - 1 in off

Pom Parties/times
1 at 06.35
6 at 06.58
2 at 07.51
6 at 09.02
2 at 09.31
3 at 11.23
1 around 13.00

Highlights for 7/5/16 between 05.00 - 16.00 are:

Roseate Tern - 1 10.36 performed for a few minutes before flying out to sea
Arctic Skua - 10 (4 l/p)
Mediterranean Gull - 27
Manx Shearwater - 1

 another Pomarine Skua, not that I'm complaining
 Black-necked Grebes off Splash Point
 a well earned Cider
a superb sky to start the morning on the 7th






1 comment:

  1. Interesting to compare the times I'd logged Poms passing Roedean compared to yours for Splash. Varied between 17 and 38 minutes.

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