Tuesday, 4 November 2014

More egrets

Hythe - 1300hrs - fine, dry and sunny - On the way back from a B&B association meeting in Folkestone I checked out the three sets of sea defence blocks for Purps of which there was no sign, although the tide was low, but did see a total of 28 Turnstones and a Rock Pipit. 
Dungeness RSPB - Back home I picked up Barney and we went for a quick tour around the bird reserve in glorious sunshine with light airs. At ARC at least two Great White and five Little Egrets, plus all the usual wildfowl on the lake including a Goldeneye. Down at the pines a Greater pecker amongst a tit flock and two Reed Buntings in front of Screen. From the water tower two Marsh Harriers and a Buzzard and two Snipe flushed from cover by the lakes.
Over the road a Cattle Egret flew over the fields at Boulderwall, where Stonechat and Kestrel present. On Burrowes, Black-necked Grebe, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, 10 Dunlin, Snipe, Goldeneye and another Great White Egret.
Lade - Just made it back to the local patch before lights out where six Little Egrets and 25 Magpies came in roost in the willow swamp and goodness knows how many Water Rails were calling from cover.
Around 6pm a terrific thunder and lightening show rumbled over the peninsula.

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