Monday, 2 April 2018

Brent Geese

Dungeness - mild, cloudy, SE3 - Started off at the Patch this morning where gull numbers on the beach were low, but did include a couple of Kittiwakes and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Nearby, the local Peregrine sent the Herring Gulls on the power station complex into a frenzy.
  The main interest though was on the sea and during an hour from the Patch hide hundreds of Common Scoters and Brent Geese moved up-Channel with several of the goose flocks almost flying along the beach due to the prevailing south-easterly. Two Red-breasted Mergansers also noted.

                                Coasting Brent Geese

                               Kittiwake and Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lade  - This afternoon there was no change to the variety of wildfowl on the lakes from yesterday, and for a change the two Long-tailed Ducks spent more time on the surface than submerged. I could only find three Black-necked Grebes and despite the rain a couple of Chiffchaffs were in song in the Willow Swamp.

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