Monday, 15 October 2012

Ring Ouzel & Goldeneye

Dungeness  - 0945hrs - Cool, cloudy, showery, sw3 - Having spent a couple of days on grand parent duty in London it was good to get out and about this morning and breath some clean air around the peninsula. Birdwise though it was pretty quiet will little overhead migration apart from a few flocks of Goldfinches and several Siskins and Redpolls. Also noted 2 Mistle Thrushes and a Stonechat around the Desert, plus a singing Black Redstart and a few Swallows by the power station.
A quick look at the sea produced a few terns, Gannets, Brents, Little Gull and a couple of divers.
Lade - A belated WeBS count produced all the expected wildfowl, plus a smart Ring Ouzel in the scrub by north pit. On the bay a flock of 680 Oystercatchers also attracted 20 Barwits, 10 Knots, 50 Sanderlings, 30 Dunlins, 2 Redshanks and 8 Sandwich Terns.

                                          Lade Bay Oystercatchers

                                          Kestrel, ARC

ARC  - 1500hrs - From Hanson hide this afternoon 2 Little Stints and a Snipe, plus all the usual dabblers and my first Goldeneye of the season, a redhead; so that`s that, winter`s arrived...

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