Witham mouth

Sat 17th.

How did I have a morning’s seawatch and miss out on the sooty shearwater bonanza? ,literally hundreds seen off the East coast. Well, quite easily really, it would seem that the birds make a flightpath over the wash from the Norfolk coast being seen again from Gib northwards. The wind was blowing into my corner, but not enough, they were just too far out in the wash for me. However, I did get some great skua action with around 40 seen, including a group of 10 that gathered up together, gained height and came inland following the River Welland. Saw 5 Great skuas, the rest mostly arctics, though a very dainty looking adult, I’m pretty sure was a long-tailed. Over 50 gannets, a red-breasted merganser, 3 great-crested grebes, 9 brent geese and a couple of guillimots were noted, oh and a shearwater-it was a manx. Lots of wigeon and waders on the move. Almost 1,000 wigeon on Freiston reservoir along with two spotted redshanks. A lovely wheatear posed nicely and a marsh harrier flew over.

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