Thursday, 19 January 2012

Out & About

Lade - 1030hrs - mild, cloudy, showery, w3 - All the usual wildfowl including 5 Goldeneyes plus a large flock of Golden Plovers over the airport fields.
RSPB - A scout around revealed the Great White Egret on New Diggings with 7 Little Egrets, and singles of Smew and Ruddy Duck (the one that got away); further Smews on ARC and Burrowes. Plenty of passerines around the car park and on the feeders included Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.

Dungeness - 1500hrs An hours seawatching from the boats delivered a year tick in the shape of 2 Velvets amongst a flock of 30 Common Scoters heading down-Channel. Hundreds of auks (mostly Razorbills), Kitts and Great Crested Grebes just offshore, plus a scattering of Gannets and Red-throated Divers.

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