Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Hume`s again

Dungeness  - 1000hrs  - mild (13C), sunny, sw 2 - An almost spring-like morning with loads of midges and at least one Peacock butterfly on the wing. Another session in the trapping area eventually yielded the Hume`s Leaf Warbler feeding low down in willow scrub, in a secluded sun trap, along with a few Blue and Great Tits and a Chiffchaff. Once again it was frustratingly difficult to see as it moved through cover affording only brief glimpses. Barney, on the other hand, was less than impressed by the whole Hume`s saga as it involves a certain degree of wading around in cold water, which is not at all to his liking...

                               "About time he bought me some wellies..."

                               "Now, where`s that damn warbler..."

1400hrs  - En-route to the concrete road with MH we pulled over to check a gull flock that contained at least two Caspian Gulls, a 1st winter and 3rd winter, and there were plenty of Kittiwakes also on the shingle amongst the roosting Black-heads. An hour long seawatch produced the usual comings and goings of Red-throats, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, plus 48 Brents east bound and a coasting 1st winter Little Gull.  

                                Kittiwakes, Dungeness

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