Saturday, 9 April 2011


Dungeness - 0845hrs - sunny, cool, ne3/4 - The Ashford 3 were spotted on the Marsh this morning, year ticking Common Terns at The Patch... Nothing much else of note apart from a pair of Wheatears by the Old Light.
ARC - 0930hrs - Stunning views of 2 pair of courting Garganeys from the causeway; could even hear the drakes, rattle-and-burp display call. Also, a Spot Shank, a pair of LRP`s, 2 Slav Grebes, 2 Little Egrets and a Curlew.

4 Garganeys, ARC
Lade - 1000hrs - Another Garganey here, this time a single drake by the scaffold island on south pit.
The Midrips - 1230hrs - ne 5 - Walked the Midrips with Marshman this afternoon. The cold, buffeting wind (well, I thought it was hard going, Marshman however considered it to be, "a light breeze") made for difficult viewing. It was worthwhile though, as we had a decent return on ducks and waders: 50 Shelducks, 3 Garganey, 6 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 32 Avocets, 2 Spot Shanks, 20 Redshanks, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, Oystercatcher and Curlew. Raptor interest was provided by 2 Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk and a ringtail. Little `uns included Reed Bunting, Mipit, Linnet, Skylark and Wheatear.
                                          The Midrips

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