Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Bits and pieces on the sea...

Dungeness - 1045hrs - mild, sunny, e 2 - After yesterdays washout it was good to have a dry day with light winds and sunshine. After fixing breakies for guests we headed out for a seawatch from the boats for an hour. The sum total was single figures of Gannets, auks and Kittiwakes, plus 150 Brents, eight Red-throated Divers, ten Med Gulls, Sandwich Tern, a drake Eider and best of all, nine Goosanders east.
Barney was made up though, as he had a mate for company, a Norfolk Terrier going by the name of Wingnut? or was it Walnut? yes, Walnut, anyhow after sniffing one another`s parts, in the customary canine way, they then went about ignoring each other. That`s dogs for you...
Afterwards we had a wander around the bushes but could only come up with a few Robins, Wrens, Blackbirds, Dunnocks and two Black Redstarts by the Britannia, although a Snow Bunting was noted this morning flying overhead.

                                Walnut & Barney, Dungness

1445hrs - Back to the boats and another hour staring at the sea, which this time yielded a few more Kittiwakes and auks, seven Brents, two Red-throated Divers, two Little Gulls, a Dunlin and a cracking Slavonian Grebe on the sea. The Sandwich Tern was again offshore, while a Bonxie had been seen just before we arrived.

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