Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Foggy Dungeness

Dungeness - 0730hrs - cool, overcast, thick fog, sw 3 - It is often said that Dungeness has its `own` weather system and today was one such instance with a dense sea mist enveloping the peninsula for much of the morning, along with a brisk south-westerly which should`ve cleared the murk but didn`t. Needless to say a seawatch was out of the question and after a brief circuit of the bushes I hardly saw a bird; any migrants that had dropped in overnight were staying firmly put.
ARC - There was no sign of yesterdays Spotted Red at the south end from the causeway road but while chatting to BP in the car park we were surprised to see a Short-eared Owl (170) flying around in the mist; I later saw it again going out over the desert from the pines. Despite the poor weather conditions Reed, Sedge and Cetti`s Warblers and Whitethroat all in song and a Great White Egret from Screen hide.
Dengemarsh - 1500hrs - Spent a couple of hours wandering around Dengemarsh checking hirundines (a Red-rumped Swallow had been seen earlier by SB) of which there were few and far between and mainly House Martins. However, nice views of Bearded Tits and Marsh Harriers at  Hookers, 10 Snipe over Cook`s pool, Sparrowhawk, Yellow Wagtail, Green Woodpecker and all the usual breeding warblers.

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