Saturday, 23 January 2016

Gann - Friday

From Andrew Sims - Arrived 13.45, mid-tide, to see the Little Gull with some Commons at far end of lagoon along with 3 Goldeneye and 8 Great Crested Grebes in the bay. A Kingfisher in the sunshine was busy diving from an overhanging branch over the small pool about 100m south of Crabhall. A Greenshank flew in and landed by the island. Little Grebes, Teal, Redshank, 2 Cormorants and a Little Egret were also on the lagoon.  A single lonesome Dark Bellied Brent was lurking in the long grass and feeding nervously next to the rabbits in front of Crabhall. Lapwing and starling flocks were flying around the marsh and a single Snipe and later the Little Gull flew off northwards. On the marsh were a pair of Shelduck and Curlew. Great and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls roosted with a few Black-Headed, but no Common or Mediterraneans on the gravel spit.

By 3pm the lagoon was getting quiet and the tide was getting high and the gulls and gone so about 3.30 I was about to leave but turned to watch a Rock Pipit fly past and noticed some movement on the beach. About 10 Ringed Plovers and a single Dunlin had arrived and were lurking in the pebbles as the tide was coming up. A good visit after an earlier visit to a very quiet Marloes Mere where about 10 Gadwall and a couple of Tufted Ducks were the highlights.