Monday, 26 September 2016

Glossy Ibis

Scotney - 1330hrs - mild, cloudy, sw 2 - We started a three day bird tour for four birders from Kent in grand style this afternoon with a crop of farmland birds around the barns and paddocks, including 10 Yellow Wagtails, two Corn Buntings, 30 Linnets and a Little Owl. Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Hobby and Kestrel were also noted out back, while a Black-necked Grebe was on the front lake along with all the usual feral geese and ducks.

                                Little Owl, Scotney

Boulderwall  - After failing to find both Tree Sparrow and Cattle Egret we were surprised by two flight views of a Glossy Ibis near the main pool, courtesy of the SAR helicopter which briefly flushed it from a ditch. I guess this is the bird that`s been in the Dungeness/Rye/Pett area for much of the year.

                                Great White Egret, ARC

ARC - Pretty quiet here with just two Golden Plovers and a Ruff amongst a couple of hundred Lapwings, plus two Great White and five Little Egrets, four Pintails, 100 Wigeon, all of which were flushed by a passing Sparrowhawk. The bushes around the car park were full of Robins and Chiffchaffs, plus several Greenfinches and a Blackcap.

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