Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Report from Mark Whittaker (Jan 13th 2010)

"Spit Beach 12-1pm

2 x Pink Footed Geese (Flew over from the Gribben, over Spit Beach and off over the gold course. Low flight so could see them well in my binoculars. I sadly couldn't get my camera out in time.
2 x Purple Sandpiper (Feeding with 4 Turnstones and have enclosed a record shot)
2 x Great Northern Diver and 4 unknown divers in a group. Quite possibly Black throated. Have taken a poor record picture and will send to Roger to see what he thinks.
1 x Med Gull in the harbour with 14 Black headed Gull
Also seen were : Little Egret, Curlew, Oystercatcher and Redwing

St.Andrews Pool 1pm :1:30pm

2 x Shoveler (1 x male 1 x Female)
1 x Tufted Duck
1 x Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 x Water Rail
1 x Bullfinch

Par Beach Pool and surrounding area

1 x Goldeneye (Male) still on river
2 x Grey Wagtail by river
2 x Meadow Pipit on beach
12 x Snipe at Pbp
8 x Wigeon at pbp (3 Male 5 Female)

Well done on the Woodcock btw .. Great tick "

Thanks for the report Mark.
I will add the Purple Sandpiper to the Latest Sightings List.


  1. Roger has emailed and is 90% certain the group of 4 divers were Black Throated.

  2. A great number of birds that you noticed. It must be a nice place to live in!

  3. I remember Roger saying if it is a group then they are most likely to be Black-throated Divers rather than the Great Northern Diver.


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