Friday, 2 October 2015

Another day of crests

Lade - warm, dry, sunny, e 2 - With the wind slackening off overnight birds appeared to be everywhere this morning with plenty of Goldcrests scattered across the shingle scrub and around the willow swamp and at least 5 Firecrests. The ponds was the hotspot with a late Spotted Flycatcher and Reed Warbler, plus 2 continental Coal Tits amongst 10 each of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, 5 Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Gounded migrants on the desert included 50 Mipits, 2 Wheatears, 4 Stonechats and a Reed Bunting. Also noted around the site, Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier, 10 Swallows, 50 Wigeon and several calling Water Rails.

                                    Goldcrest, Dungeness Bird Observatory

Dungeness - A stroll around the point this afternoon produced more crests and Coal Tits in the bushes, although the Yellow-browed was not seen today in the lighthouse garden. From the seawatch hide the Grey Phalarope put in a brief show flying east, while 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Common Terns and 4 Brents were offshore.

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