Thursday, 21 February 2013

Red-breasted Merganser

Dungeness - 0900hrs - cold, cloudy, e 5 - A biting easterly coming straight in off the sea combined with low temperatures made for a significant wind-chill factor. Wherever we went today it was a case of sheltering from the wind first; except, that is, if you`re a Border Terrier with a thick, hairy coat who seems impervious to the cold ...
From the seawatch hide all the usual auks, grebes, divers, Gannets and Kitts to-ing and fro-ing plus my first Red-breasted Merganser of the year. At the Patch about a thousand gulls comprised mainly Common and Black-headed Gulls along with several Kitts and a Little Gull.
Lade - Much `warmer` here in the lee of the caravan park. Most birds were on north pit where 6 Goldeneye, Redshank and a Great White Egret the highlights.
Littlestone - The 2 Snow Buntings remained on the foreshore hugging the ground tightly in conditions more familiar to them. On the bay 6 species of shorebirds.
Walland Marsh - A drive across the Marsh this afternoon yielded few birds apart from a large flock of Fieldfares near Fairfield, 2 Buzzards, a ringtail and the Bewick`s Swans near Midley. The bird feeders held the usual tits, finches and sparrows and the Water Rail paid a fleeting visit.

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