Thursday, 13 November 2014

Siskins, at last

Dengemarsh - 0745hrs - mild, cloudy, s 5 - We walked the gully first thing, but there was little of note in a blustery wind apart from a few Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Goldfinches, two Siskins, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Kingfisher.
The field adjacent to Springfield Bridge held a small flock of Linnets, plus several Mipits, Skylarks and Reed Buntings. A flock of 300 Lapwings were kept mobile by passing Marsh Harriers, while the two Cattle Egrets were briefly on the flood.
Scotney - Nothing of any note here apart from the usual wildfowl and feral geese.
Back home two more Siskins flew down the coast along with 50 Goldfinches.

                                Cattle Egrets, Dengemarsh flood

Dungeness - 1430-1545hrs - A session at the fishing boats with DW, PB, MH, DG et al yielded a steady passage of Gannets and Kittiwakes, plus several auks, two Med Gulls, two Little Gulls, two Red-throated Divers and four juvenile Pomarine Skuas, two of which cut in nice and close chasing gulls. A Grey Seal was seen offshore.

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