Lesser Florican - August 2023

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Tuesday 24 March 2020

Splash Point 24/3/20

Situated only a few minutes away from Splash Point, there was little chance I was going to bypass a late March south-easterly, and therefore I prolonged my single bit of exercise allowed for the day and stayed put for nearly three hours. From the off, the passage was fairly steady, and eventually, a good range of species were seen, including my first Common Tern, Little Gulls and Arctic Skua of the season to name but a few. I then had to leave to commence my 'working from home' day, though I could easily have stayed as Sandwich Terns were continuously moving. A Black-necked Grebe that was swimming rapidly east offshore was also a typical sighting given the conditions at this time of year.

Liam continued up until 11am, and his totals between 08.15 and 11.00 are in bolded brackets below, but only for his personal highlights.

Totals between 05.30-08.15 Wind SE 2-3:

Brent Geese - 482 (181) 
Mediterranean Gull - 6
Common Scoter - 637 (221)
Sandwich Tern - 134
Common Tern - 1
Red-throated Diver - 70 (25% in s/p) (80)
Little Gull - 25 (incl. a flock of 19) (27)
Red-breasted Merganser - 10
Gannet - 15
Sanderling - 1
Auk sp. - 2
Razorbill - 1
Shoveler - 12
Eider - 2 drk
Black-necked Grebe - 1 in transitional plumage offshore, but moving quickly east. (1)
Arctic Skua - 1 d/p
Black-throated Diver - 1 s/p (1)

Brent Geese

Little Gull

Common Scoter