Friday, 11 March 2016

Spring is in the air

Dungeness - mild, dry, misty, light airs - A very pleasant morning, once the fog had cleared, for a wander along the beach and across the Desert. Most of the bird activity was between the lifeboat station and lighthouse where three each of singing Skylark, Mipit and Pied Wagtail noted, plus a pair of Stock Doves and, unusually, a grounded Lapwing and 2 Ringed Plovers. The only overhead movement was 5 Chaffinches heading east. The hinterland scrub and Desert was largely birdless apart from the ubiquitous Magpies, Dunnocks and Wrens.
  Green Goddess and Hurricane made for a fine spectacle as they steamed past with the power station in the background.

                                Lapwing in the mist, Dungeness

                               Hurricane and Green Goddess, Dungeness                              

ARC/New Diggings - At the allotment this afternoon 2 Buzzards drifted overhead `mewing`. On the way home the usual wildfowl on ARC, including Goldeneye, Smew and Shelduck from Screen hide and both Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes still on New Diggings. Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Cetti`s Warbler and Chiffchaff also noted.

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