Saturday, 23 March 2013

Ducks & Waders

Dungeness - 0700hrs - cold, grey, e 5 - Another bone-chilling morning with the dreaded easterly scouring the point and looking set to continue into next week; still, at least the wind turbines at Cheyne Ct were making full use of it. TG had elected to seawatch from the comfort of the car at the end of the concrete road, while I did an hour from the hide. Pretty slow going really but a variety of waders and ducks logged up-Channel as follows: Wigeon 15, Shoveler 27, Pintail 17, Common Scoter 8, Teal 7, Gadwall 4, Dunlin 121, Curlew 25, Grey Plover 15, Knot 15 and Barwit 12. Also noted 50 Gannets, 15 Sandwich Terns, 20 Kitts, 10 auks, 2 divers and 5 Skylarks inbound.
Needless to say the land was a bird-free zone.
ARC - Quiet here with just the regulation Smew and Goldeneye on show plus a Great White Egret with another one on New Diggings.
Lade - Checked out Kerton Road pit where no activity on the gull island. However, around the margins 5 Reed Buntings and 2 each of Mipit and Skylark flushed from cover. On the Desert a lone Kestrel and a pair of Ringed Plovers.

"Zzzz, this is more like it, much better than that draughty old seawatch hide he keeps dragging me in, much more of that and I`m onto the RSPCA... mmm, rabbits, bones, zzzz."

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