Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Lighthouse Yellow-browed

Lade - 0900hrs - mild, cloudy, se 3 - A thorough working of the local patch yielded little in return apart from 10 Swallows, 5 Chiffchaffs and a Ring Ouzel that flew in high off the sea and landed in the gorse by the main track. It then called a couple of times before rocketing over south lake, heading for the scrubby shingle ridges behind the `mirrors`, as they all seem to do.
Burrowes - 1500hrs - With the rain band clearing we checked out Burrowes from the VC where at least 7 Great White Egrets were showing. A Goldeneye flew in (my first of the autumn) and we also noted 2 Black-necked Grebes, Little Gull, Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 2 Marsh Harriers, Swallow and Rock Pipit.
Dungeness - In bright sunshine a Yellow-browed Warbler performed well in the Sycamore tree and later lower down in the lighthouse garden; trying to get a shot of it with a bridge camera however was another matter. A brief look at the sea yielded a steady passage of Black-headed Gulls west, plus several Gannets and a Little Gull.

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