Monday, 10 February 2014

Dipper + Kittiwake !





Date: 10th February - All Day
Location: Wookey Hole - Burnham-On-Sea -  Chew Valley Lake

Observation: Stopeed off at Wookey Hole on way down to Burnham-On-Sea, stopped in the car park, seen Dipper flew down stream which late flew back up, calling and feeding, first new bird of the day! Moved onto Apex Lake + Burnham, just the normal suspects about. On the estuary, seen 5+ Redshank and a small group of Turnstone, also 200+ Starling flying over towards Steart. Popped into Chew Valley on the way home, luckily we did! After 10 minutes of being there we spotted a 'gull' within 10 foot of us, on closer looks, we noticed the black flash on its head, and when it stood up black legs, this stumped us! Watching it for a while, was obvious that was exhausted, but would fly very short distances when cars arrived to try and get food, it did manage to grab a big of bread, so should be better in no time! After positive ID from Rich Andrews, this proved to be adult Kittiwake in winter plumage, very nice and second new bird of the day, hopefully will be off flying soon!

Weather: Heavy Showers, Sunny Intervals, Warm
Other Species: Dipper, 5+ Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 50+ Black-Headed Gull, Herring Gull, 3 Great-Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 7 Greylag Geese, 11 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Kittiwake, 200+ Starling, 8 Shelduck, 6 Redwing