Friday, 8 April 2011

Snakes Alive

Dungeness - 0900hrs - warm, dry and sunny - A pleasant end to the week for the London Ladies with the Point bathed in un-Dunge type weather. Marshman seems to be attracting migrants into his Heligoland of a garage, this time a Blackcap. Not much else about apart from a few Wheatears, Mipits, Linnets, Skylarks, a Chiff and a singing Black Redstart. A Sparrowhawk soared over and I had a distant kite from the moat, probably a Red one, in line with others seen moving north this morning.
ARC - 1130hrs - A stunning pair of Slav Grebes in summer plum from the causeway and an Avocet in front of Hanson were both new for the week. Down by the pines a flock of 30 Goldfinches was noteworthy. Sedge, Cetti`s and Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, Chiff and Blackcap in song, plus LRP from the Screen.
A grass snake enjoyed the warm sunshine before heading into the shallows to hunt.
In summary a cracking weeks birding with 110 species noted in England and 92 species in France
                                          Grass snake, ARC

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