Saturday, 14 January 2012

Ravens & Goosanders

Littlestone - 1200hrs - cold, cloudy, n2 - Checked along the shoreline on a rising tide for waders, but found few apart from a mix of 30 odd Redshanks, Knots, Turnstones and Grey Plovers. No sign of any Snow Buntings, but a single Short-eared Owl circled high over the golf course before heading inland.
RSPB - 1400hrs - A pair of Ravens showed well along the access road and 2 drake Goosanders dropped in on Burrowes. Over the road on ARC the Long-tailed duck remained at the south end while a pair of Kingfishers were noted in front of Screen hide; amongst the hundreds of Wigeons was an unusual leucistic individual. As the light faded several Marsh Harriers headed toward their roost sites scattering wildfowl and Lapwings.
Also reported on the bird reserve were Smews on New Ex,  Firecrests at Christmas Dell and Great White Egret at Dengemarsh. The 2nd winter Glaucous Gull remained at Dungeness.

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