Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Glossy Ibis

Dungeness - mild, overcast, dull - A milder morning due to thick cloud cover and light airs, but grey and misty. At the Patch just the usual couple of hundred gulls, mainly Black-headed, while offshore a few Red-throated Diver and Common Scoter coming and going, plus 100 scoters on Rye Bay.

                                Stonechat, Corral

RSPB - From the causeway road at least 350 Gadwall at the south end of ARC plus 3 Goldeneye on the open water. We parked up at Boulderwall and after a natter with the staff walked Dengemarsh. The wet fields behind Cook`s were full of birds; Goldies, Lapwing, Stock Dove, Wigeon, Shoveler, feral geese, corvids, gulls and the like, plus a Kingfisher and flight views of the Glossy Ibis as it moved between Gun Club pit and the horse paddocks. Two Stonechat were at the Corral and raptors were much in evidence with 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard. Hookers was quieter with just Reed Bunting, Cetti`s Warbler, Water Rail and a flock of Long-tailed Tit of note, plus 5 Dabchick on Dengemarsh. Burrowes was stacked out with hundreds of wintering wildfowl including 20 Pintail and 4 Goldeneye.
ps: The only other local news concerned a Tawny Owl (rare down here) calling opposite the church in Lydd last night.

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