3rd Dec

First thing this morning The Patch held 3 Caspian Gull (2 x 1st Win/1 x Ad) and 2 Mediterranean Gull. Also of note a Peacock butterfly was see by the New Lighthouse.


On the RSPB Reserve the 3 Smew were still on Burrowes Pit. The Long-eared Owl was roosting behind the Dipping Pond. The drake Ring-necked Duck was still at Boulderwall pool and 9 Great White Egret were on ARC Pit.

2nd Dec

A morning seawatch was quiet in terms of species but some good numbers which included 55 Red-throated Diver (51E/4W), 24 Common Scoter (21E/3W) and a Black-throated Diver was also noted on the sea. A Grey Seal was also seen once again from the Fishing Boats.


On the RSPB Reserve the birds of note were the drake Ring-necked Duck and 3 redhead Smew. The Long-eared Owl was roosting once again at the Dipping Pond and 12 Bewick Swans roosted on ARC Pit this evening

1st Dec

A quiet day on the point with no seawatching birds of note. A Grey Wagtail was seen by the seawatching hide.


At the Trapping Area a small movement of Stock Dove with 45 passing overhead. Also a singles of Woodcock and Chiffchaff.


On the RSPB Reserve the drake Ring-necked Duck reappeared and 2 Smew were still on Burrowes Pit. A Brambling was seen at the feeders by the toilet block which made for a nice surprise. Lastly a Dartford Warbler was seen at the Galloways. 

30th Nov

There was very little coverage of The Point today and the best bird was a dead female Pheasant which is a scarce bird for the bird observatory recording area. Otherwise the only other bird of note was a Long-tailed Duck which flew west at 8.48am.


On the RSPB Reserve the 8 Bewick Swans were flushed by a farmer early morning but six of them did come in to roost on the ARC Pit this evening. Also into roost were 10 Great White Egret and 18 Little Egret. Elsewhere on the Reserve 2 redhead Smew were viewable from the Dennis's Hide. 


At Kerton Triangle there were still 2+ Dartford Warbler and three Stonechat.

29th Nov

Seawatching was hard going in the morning session but did pick up slightly by the afternoon with the highlight of the latter being 3 Great Northern Diver heading west. There was also a Slavonian Grebe on the sea. Otherwise 31 Red-throated Diver east and 800 Starling in off the sea were the only other notable birds.

Other birds on the land from the Fishing Boats included 7 Lapwing on the beach and a first-winter Caspian Gull was in the gull roost. Also of interest a Great Skua was found dead along the strandline, it is not very often one of these succumbs.


An improvement in passerines numbers and variety was noted with 14 Siskin and 85 Goldfinch heading north overhead. Several Redwing, Song Thrush and Blackbird were whizzing around The Moat and the Trapping Area held 2 Woodcock, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 14 Long-tailed Tit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. At the Long Pits another Woodcock was noted as well as singles of Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Grey Heron and a Kingfisher. At least 2 Dartford Warbler were also present in the Broom at Kerton Triangle.


On the RSPB Reserve there was no sign of the Cattle Egret or the Ring-necked Duck but the Long-eared Owl was still present behind the dipping pond and 2 redhead Smew were on Burrowes Pit.

28th Nov

Seawatching in bright but cold conditions produced very little of interest. The scant highlights were 2 Great Skua, a single Velvet Scoter and 34 Red-throated Diver (33E/1W). A single Grey Seal was seen from the Fishing Boats.


Meanwhile an early morning look at The Patch provided some interest with a first-winter Caspian Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and 14 Mediterranean Gulls amongst thousands of mixed gulls.


The only bird of note in the afternoon session from the Fishing Boats was a Long-tailed Duck heading west.


On the RSPB Reserve the only bird reported today was the drake Ring-necked Duck

27th Nov


The morning seawatch produced a nice selection of birds mainly heading east. The obvious highlights were 3 Velvet Scoter and a single Eider. Also of note were 78 Red-throated Diver, 806 Gannet, 2 Great Skua and 53 Mediterranean Gull all passing eastwards. 


There was also a first-winter Caspian Gull at The Patch with a further 6 Mediterranean Gulls.


On the RSPB Reserve the Cattle Egret reappeared at Cook's Pool with a Bittern for company and the Ring-necked Duck was still on the pool itself. The Long-eared Owl was still roosting behind the Dipping Pond, the 6 Bewick Swans were still around the Cockles Bridge area and Goosander and Great White Egret were once again reported from Burrowes Pit.