Saturday, 25 February 2012

Afternoon Birding

Lade - 1300hrs - warm, sunny, light airs - A late start due to a comedy gig (Stuart Lee) in Canterbury last night and a sore foot (its a long story...). However, a very pleasant afternoon but swarming with people watching the filming on the beach. Still, a decent show of Knots and Barwits from the Tavern and a flock of 20 Brents on the bay.
RSPB - 1345hrs - A count of 23 Smews on New Diggings included 2 drakes, while the Great White Egret showed briefly. Two more redheads on ARC, plus 50 Curlews, 20 Goldies, 200 Lapwings and a Blackwit. Several Marsh Harriers here and over the road from Boulderwall, plus a Bittern and 2 Stonechats near the Corral. The visitors centre and car park was busy with birders; as were the feeders, attracting a variety of common finches, tits, buntings and sparrows. Plenty on offer around Burrowes as well, with singles of Avocet and Long-tailed Duck, 50 Goldies, 8 Pintails, 8 Goldeneyes, hundreds of common wildfowl and scores of immature gulls to practise ones identification skills on ...

                                           Avocet, Burrowes                                           

                                           Long-tailed Duck, Burrowes

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