Witham mouth

4th Nov

Always a banker way of seeing something interesting is to leave your camera at home. It always works. I plugged it in last evening and forgot to un-plug it. Sure enough as soon as the Witham mouth was reached, a beast of a bonxie (great skua) was perched on the rocks opposite the hide and there it stayed for the next hour. Got a dodgy phone-scoped pic. p1070555

Nine whooper swans travelled very low to the south. The sea was calm, two female common scoters were very close in. Most seabirds seen were on the water, nineteen goldeneyes, in three groups, four female or first winter type scaup, fourteen great-crested grebes, three guillimots, a gannet, three red-breasted mergansers, a drake eider and a red-throated diver were all diving, fishing or loafing offshore. A further thirty common scoter went south along with another couple of red-throated divers and a couple of gannets.

Looking back towards Freiston the bay was absolutely heaving with birds, a couple of thousand each of brent geese and wigeon, hundreds of waders and egrets, gulls, shelducks etc.

A female merlin flew in front of the hide, then went to join a male on the ‘merlin posts’. Seals kept popping up and a few rock pipits were around.

Strong Northerlies forecast over the weekend, get out seawatching!