Tuesday, 21 February 2012


Dungeness - 0800hrs - cloudy, sunshine, nippy, sw3 - A wander along from the boardwalk, aimlessly looking for Snow Buntings, resulted in flushing about 400 Cormorants off the beach. Joined Plodding Birder for an hours seawatch from the concrete road where we noted over 100 Red-throated Divers milling around the Point, 300 Gannets east and hundreds of auks, gulls, grebes and more Cormorants. DW arrived and promptly pointed out a 2nd winter Med Gull just offshore.
ARC - 1330hrs - Plenty of action here with Bitterns flying all over the place and one that walked in front of Hanson, whilst I watched from Screen! A Kingfisher showed well, diving from reed stems in front of the hide for tiddlers. All the usual wildfowl including 3 Smews, 6 Goldeneyes and a Pintail, plus 200 Lapwings, 3 Marsh Harriers, Dabchick, Blackwit and Green Woodpecker. Over the road the Great White Egret was hunting the far bank, while at least 17 Smews (including 3 drakes) lurked amongst a Tufted Duck flock on the open water.

                                           Kingfisher, ARC - always a welcome sight

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