Friday, 29 April 2011

Purple Heron, Bee-eater and a Ring-necked Parakeet

Dungeness - 0630hrs - cool, cloudy, n2 - The godwit passage continues, although not quite like yesterday, plus a few other Arctic waders in the mix, and a light passage of Common Terns.
I missed the bird of the day however - a Ring-necked Parakeet in the lighthouse garden. Apparently, this Dunge mega hung around for an hour and then got savaged by the local Peregrine as it flew over the power station! (You`ve gotta be tough to survive down here mate).
Fairfield - 1530hrs Hawkeye (well it had to be...) found a Bee-eater in sight of the famous old church this afternoon, and as usual I arrived 20 minutes late. The East Kent Grippers were holding court, showing off their piccies of the bird saying farewell.
Denge Marsh - 1645hrs - Deja-vu, the/a Purple Heron`s back! Well, I might as well have a hat trick of dips! To be fair, wasnt here long. The Joker was on form however, telling unrepeatable royal jokes (apparently there`s been a wedding up north today) and reminding me that QPR may get a points deduction. The current crop of rarities had also brought the Romney Twitcher into the field.

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