Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Great White Egrets

Dungeness - 0900hrs - Warm, dry and sunny, w4 - An hours seawatch from the hide produced at least 100 Gannets, mostly fishing offshore, a steady flow of Sandwich and Common Terns, Kittiwake, 2 Peregrines (chasing Common Terns)  2 distant Manxies, an Arctic Skua and several small groups of Swallows leaving these shores (and hopefully avoiding the French guns on the other side). Opposite Jarman`s, 5 Wheatears and a Black Redstart.
RSPB - 1100hrs - On the access road Hobby, Marsh Harrier, 2 Mipits, 4 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails. From the car park a Great White Egret over. On Burrowes good numbers of Sand Martins and the Pec Sand in front of Firth.
At Dengemarsh 2 Great White Egrets (100 metres apart), 4 Little Egrets, Marsh Harrier and a Herring Gull on one of the rafts that had just devoured what looked like a juv Coot, judging from the colour of the feet sticking out of its gullet.
                                         Herring Gull with a throat full of Coot, Dengemarsh
                                          Adult Yellow-legged and Herring Gulls, Dungeness

Returned to the Point for another seawatch from the boats, which was largely a waste of time, although had good views of several porpoises and an adult Yellow-legged Gull beside an adult Herring Gull.
Littlestone - 1500hrs -  Did well here with Oystercatchers, Curlews, Barwits, Sanderlings, Ringed Plovers, Turnstones and a Redshank. Plenty of Sandwich Terns on the beach and 2 Grey Seals offshore
An evening foray for owls was largely a disappointment with just a Little Owl near Hawthorn Corner of any note. No sign of the reported Seos at Galloways.

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