Friday, 3 January 2020

An elusive Smew

Dungeness - mild, cloudy, drizzle, sw 3 - We spent the morning around the peninsula commencing at the Patch where a couple of Mediterranean Gulls were the only gulls of note amongst a small throng over the boil. Offshore the regulation auks, divers and Gannets moved between the bays.
  The drake Smew on the bird reserve proved elusive once again, but was reported on the pools across Boulderwall fields earlier in the day where several Marsh Harriers and Great White Egrets noted. Burrowes held a flock of 12 Black-tailed Godwits and two Goldeneyes on the lake, while a large mixed passerine flock by Firth hide contained two Firecrests and a Chiffchaff amongst the many tits and finches.
  There was no change to the birds on Lade pits this afternoon.

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