Thursday, 17 September 2009

Cut End Seawatch, Lincs 16th Sept 2009.

After finishing my early shift at the general, I drove over to Cut End, which is the Witham/Wash river mouth(Basically were the river meets the sea!), near Boston, Lincs.
I was told that the the best time to go was around hide tide with a north-east blow to push the birds close towards the river mouth.
Arriving at the Cut End Hide at around 5.00pm in the middle of high tide, I joined the group of birders who watching the sea.
My sightings of the next couple of hours included:
16 Arctic Skuas, 1 Bonxie, 1 Fulmar, 10+ Sandwich Terns, at least 30+ Eiders, a single Common Scoter (10 metres off the hide!) and good numbers of the usual waders.
Scanning the nearby salt marshes I also picked up at least 7 Marsh Harriers, and over 40 Little Egrets.
Although I couldn't pick up the long staying King Eider at this site due to the choppy conditions I was pleased what I had seen at this new site for me and would visit it again as soon as possible.
As I walked back to the car the final sighting of the day was a nice Pied Flycatcher noted on the sea wall fence next to the car park.
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