Friday 25 March 2011

Spring Migrants

Dungeness - 0745hrs - dry, hazy sunshine, warmish, light airs - Did a half hour, half hearted seawatch from the hide with the Channel like a mill pond. Surprisingly, 100 Brent, 10 Wigeon and about 30 scoter clipped the point eastwards, plus several Gannets, Sandwich Terns and Kittiwakes going the `wrong way`.
On the land, whilst nattering to Marshman and Gullman by the lighthouse garden, a flurry of migrants appeared in the shape of several each of Wheatear (the males singing), Black Redstart and Chiffchaff. A Kestrel clung on half way up the old light and Mipits continued their nuptials in the warm sunshine. Further down the point by the Baitdiggers cottage another Black Redstart, a few more Wheatears and a Siskin overhead.
                                         Black Redstart, Dungeness
Springfield Bridge - 1500hrs Wigeon, Teal and Shelduck on the flood and plenty of harrier activity over the reed bed with the males whistling loudly. Had distant views of one of the Ravens on the switch house.

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