Wednesday, 20 April 2011


Dungeness - 0545hrs - mild, hazy sunshine, light airs - Had another crack at the sea this morning which had reverted back to, "steady", after the excitement of yesterday. A few scoters, divers, terns and Whimbrels was about it.
RSPB Reserve - 1100hrs Teacher-teacher and I attended the launch of the new-for-kids, Pebble Trail at the bird reserve. Several parties of Whimbrels over, including one of 13 that pitched down briefly on Burrowes, with more along the access road in the fields.
Kept hearing their distinctive seven-note whistle throughout the afternoon as more birds passed over the Peninsula. For me, the Whimbrel passage is one of the highlights of the spring as flocks of these cracking waders pause awhile en-route to their northern breeding grounds.
                                          Whimbrel, Dengemarsh

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