Thursday, 27 February 2014

Jack Snipe

Tower Pits - 1330hrs - warm, dry and sunny, sw 3 - Once the rain band went through it turned into a pleasant enough, spring like afternoon. We had a wander around the back of Tower pits where Barney flushed a Jack Snipe and six Common Snipe from the boggy area by the sea buckthorns. A pair of Marsh Harriers were displaying overhead, along with Great Crested Grebes and Oystercatchers on the pits. Spent some time looking for the Siberian Chiffchaff near the pines but to no avail, although several nominate race birds noted, plus singing Reed Bunting, Cetti`s Warbler and Great Tit.
On ARC at least six each of Smew and Goldeneye, while the two Black-throated Divers were still on New Diggings. Over the road the Penduline Tits were reported from Hookers.
Dungeness - Along the foreshore by the fishing boats the 1st winter Glaucous Gull was duffing up a Herring Gull for food and the usual scattering of auks, and gulls were on the sea, otherwise it was pretty quiet.

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