Sunday, 17 November 2013

Gannets & Blackbirds

Dungeness  - mild, overcast, drizzle, ne 2 - In contrast to yesterdays bright blue skies today was the opposite with low cloud and poor light. However, an hour at the boats delivered about 50 Gannets feeding offshore along with hundreds of gulls. Several Kittiwakes and Red-throated Divers came and went, while a party of 50 Starlings came in off the sea.
RSPB - Spent some time checking the pits for any unusual diving ducks without success with just 3  Goldeneye on ARC, plus a Kingfisher, 3 Great White Egrets, 20 Pintails, 100 Golden Plovers and a Stonechat elsewhere around the site. There was a noticeable influx in Blackbirds on ARC with about 20 on the walk down to the pines along with a mixed flock of tits, mostly Long-tails.
Jean and Sarah ended up with around 90 species over the weekend with the highlights being the Redpolls at the Obs and the `Grey Ghost` coming to roost on Walland Marsh.
A Black Kite was reported on Walland this morning and again this afternoon on the bird reserve.

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