14th April 2013 – Solway Seawatch…

Well it was a surprisingly encouraging start to the ‘seawatching season’ today. The first good winds of the spring saw me heading to the shelter at Bowness, joining Nick, Dave and Ronnie who were already there. Within minutes of my arrival I was watching a Long-tailed Duck (scarce on the Solway), the bird flew around for a bit, dropped on the water, and then flew strongly in. Later on I was pleased to pick out two adult Little Gulls flying in and a pair of Common Scoters floating in on the choppy water. A few Bonxies came through, difficult to be sure how many as some flew in and some flew out, several hundred Kittiwakes flew in, lots of Red-throated Divers, a couple of Fulmars, a handful of Arctic and Sandwich Terns and a Sand Martin, which all made for an enjoyable couple of hours and a bit of a year tick frenzy!

2 Bonxies flying in

2 Bonxies flying in

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