Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Northerly blast

Dungeness - cold, sunny, n 3 - The cold northerly airflow continued to sweep across the peninsula, but at least this morning the sun broke through. At the Patch several thousand gulls comprised mainly Black-headed and Herring Gulls with at least 2 Meds, a 1st winter Caspian and several Kittiwakes on the beach.

                                Sea Kale, Dungeness

                                The Patch

Around the point small parties of Goldfinches and Linnets were present with more overhead, along with a few Siskins and Redpolls. In the bushes several Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, but with the wind increasing throughout the day sending any migrants present into cover.
Also noted this morning, a Short-eared Owl coming in off the sea and a Jack Snipe in the trapping area.
Littlestone - A walk along the beach resulted in a count of 73 Turnstones, 15 Grey and 12 Ringed Plovers. There was no sign of any owls on the golf links, but with bits and pieces of rain around it was not too surprising. Several Stonechats noted, plus two small flocks of Skylarks and Mipits.

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