Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Dartford Warbler

Lade - cold, cloudy, NW 4 - Another nippy day with a cold wind out of the north and bits and pieces of drizzle making for miserable birding conditions. Decided to check out the scrub towards Kerton Road pit where a highly vocal Dartford Warbler was calling from the broom scrub behind Williamson Road; during half an hour it only showed briefly out in the open twice before flying into a back garden.
  Further out on the Desert a pipit kept me busy for a while creeping about in the long grass and eventually disappearing into a gorse thicket. A bright supercilium and heavy streaking suggested a Tree Pipit type (although its very late for that) but at no stage did I get a really good view of it.
St Mary`s Bay - A walk along the foreshore from the breakwater to Littlestone checking for buntings and larks drew a blank. Turnstone, Sanderling, Grey Plover and eight Sandwich Terns noted on the beach. The garden by the car park attracted Goldcrest, Robin, Blackbird and Chaffinch.
Dungeness - A couple of visits to Boulderwall and the point this afternoon to search for a Rough-legged Buzzard seen earlier drew another blank.

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