Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Cetti`s Warbler

Scotney - 0915hrs - Mild, overcast, drizzle, n 1- Following on from the welcome appearance yesterday of the big-yellow-thing-in-the-sky, today was a return to form and more murky conditions. Anyhow, had a run out with MH this morning stopping off first at Scotney which was again rammed with hundreds of Goldies, Lapwings and ducks, but few grey geese. In amongst the throng we located 160 Dunlins, 9 Ruffs, 2 Redshanks and 4 Pintails, while a Marsh Harrier sailed over causing the gulls to give out.
RSPB - Very little of note on Dengemarsh apart from a few Dabchicks amongst the common wildfowl. Plenty of ducks on Burrowes including 21 Pintails and 6 Goldeneyes. Over the road and a total of 7 Smews on New Diggings/ARC while from Hanson 8 Goldeneyes amongst the wildfowl. Scattered around the site we noted at least 4 Great Whites and 2 Little Egrets. Bird of the morning however was an unusually showy Cetti`s Warbler near the disabled parking bay, along with Goldcrest and calling Water Rails. This particular Cetti`s has been easyish to actually see over the past week or so.
Littlestone - 1530hrs - Checked the beach for waders but all I could manage were Oycs, Curlews and Dunlins and certainly no sign of any Ringed Plovers along the foreshore. Way out in the bay a single Common Scoter was amongst hundreds of Great Crested Grebes.

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