Thursday, 17 March 2016


Dungeness - cold, dry and sunny, ne 3 - A wander along the beach from the lifeboat station to the old light, and back across the Desert, yet again failed to deliver a Wheatear. Instead we had to make do with a handful of Mipits, Skylarks, Dunnocks, 2 Stock Doves, a flyover Barwit and Grey Plover, a Firecrest in the lighthouse garden and a Black Redstart by the Pilot pub on the way off the Estate.
We paused for a breather in the seawatch hide, joining DC, where 80 Brents, 20 Gannets, 10 Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars and a few Kittiwakes passed up-Channel within an hour, plus an inbound Jackdaw and 2 Harbour Porpoises offshore.

                               Barney in need of a spring haircut

                               Singing Dunnock, Dungeness

Lade - All quiet on the local patch this morning, but a return visit this afternoon was notable for a movement of some 500 Woodpigeons east bound, which briefly attracted the attention of a Peregrine.
`Our` garden Goldcrest was in full song throughout this sunny spring day and I`ve high hopes that it will remain to breed.

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