Spent the day birding with visiting Royal Navy birder Steve Copsey, after some heavy snow overnight and heavy snow showers in the morning things did not look promising for a good day.
We started off at Gypsy Cove where we had a couple of Black Chinned Siskins, Long Tailed Meadowlark and a juvenile Red Backed Hawk. We then headed for CapePembroke as the sun was now shining in between snow showers, on the way saw a male Red Backed Hawk feeding on a Black Throated Finch.
At Cape Pembroke there were lots of birds on show including several Tussacbirds, Dark Faced Ground Tyrant, Grass Wren, Falkland Thrush, Black Crowned Night Heron, Snowy Sheathbill. At sea large numbers of Antarctic Fulmars were flying past the point along with a single Sooty Shearwater and a couple of Rockhopper Penguins on the sea being harassed by Kelp Gulls.
On the beach on the south side we found a small flock of Rufous Chested Dotterels along with Magellanic Oystercatcher, Falkland Steamer Duck, Patagonian Crested Duck and a few more Tussacbirds.
At Penguin walk we saw Ruddy Headed Goose and very large flock of 300+ Black Throated Finch. Then onto StanleyHarbour where we added Blackish Oystercatcher & Two Banded Plover to the day list.
After some lunch we headed back to East Cove to drop off Steve to his ship stopping on the way to see if the Cinnamon Teal was still there, unfortunately there was no sign of it but still plenty to see on the pond including 77 Black Necked Swans and a flock of 20 White Tufted Grebes along with Speckled & Silver Teals, Chiloe Wigeon, Yellow Billed Pintail, Silvery Grebe & Falkland Pipit
At East Cove we found a superb dark phased male Red Backed Hawk on one of the telephone poles.
Went out to CapeDolphin today for a days birding, saw lots of good birds including 8 Southern Caracara’s and 6 different Red Backed Hawk including a nice juvenile bird.
The Gentoo Penguin colony at the Cape is just about finished their annual moult.
Saw lots of large flocks of Rufous Chested Dotterels that look as though they are getting ready to start their migration North.
Around the edge of the pond there were small groups of Ruddy Headed & Upland Geese. On the pond there were large numbers of Speckled Teal with small numbers of Black Necked Swan & White Tufted Grebe including a family group.
I also found a Coot species that I will do a separate post on.