Thursday, 14 April 2011

Killer Whales, Ring Ouzels and a Grey Seal

Dungeness - 0600hrs - overcast, drizzle, mild, sw2 - Looked good for some grounded migrants this morning and there was a few more Wheatears about the Point and not much else. In the seawatch hide I joined Wednesday Barry, Mothman and the Farmer for an hour, noting a steady flow of Common Scoters, Gannets, a few Mergansers, Common Terns, Red-throated Divers and a single Velvet Scoter.
Around mid-morning, whilst in Romney, I got a garbled phone message which I later discovered was news of a pod of cetaceans making their way down-Channel off Dungeness. The pod contained Killer Whales and dolphins... Oh! dear - dip of a lifetime? However, a check from the boardwalk later in the day at least revealed a Grey Seal bobbing around the cardinal buoy.
Postling - mid-day - Paid a preliminary visit to a farm near Postling that I`m surveying for RSPB. Some of it is in a Stewardship Scheme, and it was on the chalk lynchets that I jammed a pair of migrant Ring Ouzels. 

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