Friday, 11 October 2013

First winter thrushes

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, cloudy, showery, ne 4 - In line with the wind direction and cooler temperatures it was no surprise to hear the autumns first Redwings flying over the cottage this morning. Also on the move were a number of Goldfinches and Linnets.
Dungeness - An hour from the seawatch hide produced little of note apart from 20 each of Sandwich Terns and Gannets, plus 5 Common and 3 Black Terns, 6 Little and 3 Med Gulls, Wigeon, Teal and 85 Brents. Several parties of Goldfinches noted coasting east and a single Wheatear by Jarman`s.

                                         Great White Egrets, Burrowes

Burrowes - Checked the pit for yesterdays ibis of which there was no sign. At the north end there was at least 7 Great White and 9 Little Egrets following the Cormorant flock around. Elsewhere, 10 Dunlins, 3 Snipe and a Barwit plus all the usual wildfowl.
From the access road 3 Marsh Harriers and 2 Kestrels. Nothing much of note on ARC apart from a tit flock in the car park that included Chiffs and Lottis, and then the rain hit...
Lade - With a break in the rain a foray over the pits was most productive with decent numbers of thrushes on the move and grounded, principally Redwings (100) but also 20 Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and 5 Fieldfares.
PS: Apparently, the Glossy Ibis was relocated on Burrowes this afternoon where it spent a couple of hours in front of Firth hide. Also grounded on the bird reserve were small numbers of Avocets, Spotted Redshanks, plus a noticeable increase in thrush numbers, including 8 Ring Ouzels from the access road (CP). On the Dungeness Estate 3 Bramblings were noted on a garden bird feeder (DB).

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