Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Swift sp.

Dungeness - 0900hrs - cold, cloudy, showery, sw5 - An hour and half seawatch from the hide produced 30 Common and 4 Velvet Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers, 50 Sandwich Terns, 6 Guillemots and 10 Gannets. Very little on the land due to the brisk wind but we did manage a pair of Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Kestrel, plus a few Mipits and Linnets. RSPB - 1115hrs From the south end of ARC single LRP and Ringed Plover together for comparison, Curlew, Little Egret, 2 Teal, 3 Yellow Wagtails and a dozen Pied Wagtails. All 3 species of hirundine from the visitor centre and a Yellow Wagtail by Firth hide. Brief views of a Cetti`s Warbler by Christmas Dell, Sedge Warbler and several Chiffchaffs. From Dengemarsh hide 4 Dabchicks.
Long Pits - 1600hrs Missed a swift at Long Pits by 5 minutes but relocated it at 1845hrs. Only had brief views in fading light but pressumed it was the bird from earlier on which was identified as a Pallid.
Dengemarsh - 1930hrs - The Little Owls were in their usual spot on the chicken sheds. From Springfield Bridge a brown hare in the field and a pair of Marsh Harriers over the reed bed.
                                          Shelduck, Burrowes

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