Saturday, 23 April 2011


Dungeness - 0545hrs - warm, dry, hazy, light airs - Seawatching was hopeless with no discernible horizon due to the haze. One pale phase Arctic Skua, 2 Fulmars and 2 divers was the highlight in half an hour.
Galloways - 0630hrs - In contrast to the point it was full of birds here. I walked the road from the security barrier down to the sea and back. Plenty of singing Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Linnets, Mipits, Skylarks, Reed Buntings, Stonechats and a `reeling` Gropper. On the range hut by the shore, Black Redstart, Wheatear and Pied Wagtail. Also of note a pair of English (well it is St Georges Day!) Partridges, 2 Corn Buntings, Med Gulls (overhead), 2 Redshanks, Yellow Wagtail, Swallow, Cuckoo, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and a `ringtail` on the Midrips side.
                                           Wheatear, Galloways
1000hrs - First Pebble Prominent of the year in the plovers moth trap last night.
1500hrs - Dering Wood, Headcorn - Had a wander around this Woodland Trust holding this afternoon. All the expected woodland birds plus my first Garden Warblers of the year.

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