Saturday 26 March 2011

Yellow Wagtail

Plovers - 0630hrs - misty, light airs, mild - What a great way to start the day - a cup of tea and a Firecrest in the back garden fir trees. Me thinks there could be some migrants about this morning...
Dungeness - 0700hrs - Joined the hard core seawatchers in the hide and lasted a pathetic half an hour (c200 Brents east in the gloom) before Barney insisted we checked out the scrub. He had great fun sniffing out rabbits as I sorted through about 20 Goldcrests in the West Beach gorse, desperatly trying to find one with a stripey head. They really are amazing little birds, weighing the same as a sheet of A4 paper,crossing the Channel at night and then feeding amongst the prickliest plant going with incredible dexterity and all the while `tsee-tsee-tseeing` away, so`s I can follow their progress. Anyway, I digress, elsewhere around the point at least 10 each of Black Redstart, Chiffchaff and Wheatear, plus a Brambling doing a circuit of the old light. Mipits, Linnets and Goldfinches also of note.
RSPB - 1600hrs At the south end of ARC, 2 pairs of LRP, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Dunlin, 2 Oycs, 2 Ringed Plovers and a Curlew. But bird of the day was our first Yellow Wagtail of the year on the shingle opposite Firth hide, a spanking lemon-coloured male. Finished the day in grand style with a Bittern flying over Dengemarsh and a couple of thousand swirling Starlings at Boulderwall.
                                          Yellow Wag, Burrowes

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