A failed attempt to see the Crabrock point Surf Scoter: The approx 200 Common Scoter flock had broken into two groups, the largest loafing group further out and south and a smaller group of about 70 actively feeding off the point. Conditions were difficult quite windy up on the ridge and choppy sea. On leaving I looked out from the beach by the Lime Kiln at Mansands Beach, the flock had now increased over 100 birds but I was too low to be able to go through them in the choppy sea.

Bumped into Mark D and Del on way back up who picked out the Surf Scoter a bit later and saw the Black Redstart on the cottages.. One of those days I should stayed at home!  

For anyone wanting to make the trek down, Sunday is looking like good viewing conditions with a light NW offshore wind - afternoon light is better too. Scope absolutely essential!

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News