Monday, 18 April 2016


ARC/Tower Pits - 1330hrs - cool, cloudy w 5 - With Avril, Rob and Margaret down for a three day birdwatching break we commenced on the bird reserve where the stiff breeze made for difficult birding. Very few passerines noted here due to the wind but we did manage to see Swallows, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti`s and Sedge Warblers in  the scrub down to the pines, plus 10 Common Terns on the lake and all the usual wildfowl.
  From the access road several Marsh harriers and a flock of 9 Whimbrels near the bee hives, which showed well, plus a Ring Ouzel in nearby scrub that did not.

                               Whimbrels, access road

Dungeness - A seawatch from the fishing boats this afternoon yielded very little apart from a few passing Gannets, Sandwich and Common Terns and up to 10 porpoises just offshore.

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