Thursday, 22 September 2011

A `Kettle` of Buzzards

Dungeness - 0900hrs - mild, sunny, w3 - A half hour from the Seawatch hide delivered a few Arctic Skuas offshore, plus a trickle of Gannets and terns. Quite a decent passage of Mipts and Swallows following the shoreline and out to sea. On land, around the Old Light and the Moat, a few more migrants than yesterday included: 50 Mipits, 10 alba wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 3 Stonechats, 2 Black Redstarts, 5 Robins, 2 Chiffs, 2 Siskins and a Sparrowhawk.
Lade - 1030hrs - Plenty of common wildfowl on both lakes, plus a Common Sandpiper.  The willows held 20 odd Chiffchaffs, 2 Common Whitethroats, 2 calling Cetti`s Warblers and Water Rails, plus a host of Robins, tits and Blackbirds. From the Ariel mound a steady passage of Mipits, 2 each of Siskins and Goldfinches, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and a very nice `kettle` of 7 Common Buzzards over the airport to end on.
In summary we finished the bird tour with 95 species, the highlights being good views of a juv, dark phase Long-tailed Skua (and yet another degree on the skua learning curve), Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Balearic Shearwater, Great White Egret, plus a supporting cast of Glaucous Gull, Goosander, Little Stint, Raven and Tree Sparrow ( a bird we take for granted, yet is becoming difficult to find up country).
Meadow Pipit, DBO - (In the hand, that`s one way of getting a decent image...)

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