Monday, 14 October 2013

First Brambling

Lade - 0800hrs - cool, cloudy, light airs - A dank morning but at least the rain relented and the wind had dropped away to nothing. There was little viz mig from the aerial ramp apart from a trickle of Goldfinches, Mipits and Skylarks. A few Song Thrushes, Chiffchaffs and plenty of Robins remained in the willow scrub, while all the expected wildfowl were on south lake. Walking through the buddleias beside north lake a Ring Ouzel rocketed out clacking loudly before disappearing over towards the airport.
Checked the bay from the Varne where nine out of ten species of shorebirds were present and correct (couldn`t find Redshank) with 35 Ringed Plovers a notable count. Best bird here though was a Grey Wagtail by the outfall pipe.
Dunes Road - A scout around looking for passerines delivered a Brambling (206) over calling, which was a Marsh year tick, plus several Chiffchaffs, Robins, Redwings and 2 Jays.

                                Glossy Ibis, ARC

ARC - 1600hrs - A wander down to Screen hide delivered distant views of the Glossy Ibis feeding on the weedy islands along with 2 Greenshank, 4 Dunlin, 2 Snipe and the usual dabbling ducks. Two Marsh Harriers over kept them on their toes, a distant Little Gull was over the lake and a Common Buzzard flew over the causeway road on the way home.
PS: Elsewhere around the Dungeness NNR today at least 5 Great White Egrets remained on Burrowes and a Goshawk flew over Dengemarsh Gully (MH).

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