Saturday, 31 March 2012


Dungeness - 1000hrs - drab, grey, cold, e3- Weather back to the seasonal norm this morning with even a bit of drizzle. A few Wheatears, Stonechats and Black Redstarts around the Old Light, plus a Chiffchaff by Lloyd's and 2 Redwings and a Song Thrush in the moat.; however, a Rouzel and Brambling seen earlier, while a pair of Grey Partridges were candidates for rarity of the day! The sea was again quiet apart from a distant Red-necked Grebe. Also a lively social gathering at the Obs, plus a few good moths to study.
RSPB - 1200hrs A scan from the causeway road revealed a lone Swallow and a flock of 12 Dunlins, although up to 4 LRPs reported throughout the day. In the afternoon 2 Sand Martins with the Swallow.
From Firth had good views of a dozing Spoonbill in front of the hide. The Long-tailed Duck was still on show from Dennis`s plus Goldeneyes and all the usual wildfowl. A Rouzel near the Corral/access road proved elusive and elsewhere around the reserve throughout the day, House Martin and Sedge Warbler reported.
Arrived home to news of a QPR, 2 - 1 victory over Arsenal; hope springs eternal...

                                           Spoonbill, Burrowes

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