Thursday, 16 January 2014

More of the same...

Lade - 0900hrs - mild, cloudy, sw 4 - Another breezy overcast day with the wind picking up during the afternoon. Yesterdays Goldeneyes appear to have vacated south lake but hundreds of common wildfowl and Coot remained on the water. A couple of Mipits overhead were the first of the year here.
ARC - From Hanson hide three redhead Smew amongst the large flocks of Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal and diving ducks, plus Great White Egret, two Chiffchaffs in the willows and a Marsh Harrier over. The two Black-throated Divers were still on New Diggings.
Dungeness - An hour at the fishing boats this afternoon delivered several hundred Kittiwakes and Black-headed Gulls feeding over what appeared to be a fish shoal just offshore, along with scores of auks, Great Crested Grebes, Common and Herring Gulls and a handful of Red-throated Divers and Gannets. A 1st winter Caspian Gull was also noted along the beach just before we arrived.
NB: There was negative news on the Hume`s Leaf Warbler and Bean Geese at their respective sites of the trapping area and Scotney today, although the Long-tailed Duck was present at the latter site

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