Gib 15th Feb. 2016

Very cold  today, at least it wasn’t blowing an absolute gale. We spent all morning sea-watching. A north-easterly wind produced a few bits and bobs before, during and after high tide, though most stuff was pretty far off.

Common scoter, 2 on sea, 6 south.

Kittiwake, 6 south.

Red throated diver, about 20, mostly south.

Cormorant c.150 moving about.

Red breasted merg, 2 south.

Auk sp. 25+, some north, some south.

Eider,1 south.

Teal, 2 north.

Great crested grebe, 2.

Buzzard, came in off the sea.

Lots of herring and gbb gulls around with some black headed and commons too. An interesting observation was that many of the large gulls were gorging themselves on starfish, must have been a bit of a wreck of them washed up. Good selection of shore waders. oyk, grey plover, curlew, redshank, ringed plover, sanderling, turnstone, barwit.

On Croft marsh we found the 3 Eurasian white-fronted geese that have been here a while with a hundred or so pinkfeet.

Common scoter was a new addition to my Lincs yearlist, now 144.

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With Ben Ward.