Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Brents and `boxing` hares

Dungeness - mild, sunny, SE 4 - A brisk south-easterly made for a bracing walk along the beach opposite Jarman`s where the only difference to yesterday was a Black Redstart at the fishing boats.
0845-0930hrs - A seawatch from the hide produced an up-Channel passage of 300 Brent, 30 Red-throated Diver, 50 Common Scoter, 10 auks, 20 Gannet, 7 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 4 Curlew, Shelduck and Fulmar. Several Med Gulls also noted coming and going, while Firecrests continued to show in the old lighthouse garden.

                                Brents on the move, Dungeness

A guided walk around the RSPB circular trail delivered the expected wildfowl and gulls plus Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Peregrine, Raven, Snipe, Ringed Plover, Chiffchaff and cracking views of a Firecrest in the willows by New Excavations. Best of all though was watching a pair of `boxing` Brown Hares by Burrowes.
More Black Redstarts and Firecrests were reported from across the Dungeness peninsula today.

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