With a very strong north west wind forecast for this morning reaching gusts around 50mph I was out of the house early at 6.30am in anticipation that a few birders would be going to Reculver for a seawatch. I arrived a few minutes later to see Phil Parker already parked up, I suspect he had slept there all night. After a quick chat we made our way up to the towers in the dark where as the light picked up around 20 birders arrived for what we hoped would be a good seawatch. To put it all bluntly, it was not that good at all as we did not see the expected Puffins, Little Auks, Petrels and Shearwaters that were seen either side of Reculver, thats birding for you! I sat it out until 11.15am in very cold conditions noting 25 Gannet, 2 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Skua, 8 Wigeon, 62 Brent Geese, 25 Kittiwake, 2 Knot, 13 Teal, 22 Common Scoter, 21 Little Gull, 7 Razorbill, 4 Dunlin, 12 Shelduck, 3 Lapwing, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 distant Skua species and c20 Skylark. Not much for the camera today but a shot of the birders seawatching from the towers. I have a week off work now and so hopefully will be able to get out a few times and find a few late migrants if I am lucky.
Seawatching at Reculver