Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Collared Pratincole

Snargate - 0915hrs En-route to the woods a pit stop at Snargate produced cracking views of Yellow Wagtail, Cuckoo, 2 Marsh Harriers and Lesser Whitethroat. Plenty of Whitethroats, Linnets and Tree Sparrows along the Marsh lanes.
Orlestone Forest - 1000hrs Checked out Faggs and Park Woods. Plenty of singing woodland warblers including Garden Warbler, 12 Nightingales, Turtle Dove, Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay and Long-tailed Tit.
RSPB - 1330hrs News of a Collared Pratincole on the bird reserve had us hot-footing back to Dungeness where we had superb views of this stunning wader hawking insects over Christmas Dell. No chance of any digi-pics, but checkout the DBO website.
A small flock of Whimbrels on the fields at Galloways and 2 Little Gulls from the causeway on ARC.
Dungeness - 1600hrs Eventually located the Glaucous Gull at the boats where it showed well.
                                         Shortie the Glaucous Gull
Cheyne Ct 1900hrs - Finished the day in fine style with a singing Quail in a pea field. Also, Barn Owl, Marsh Harriers, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow and Corn Bunting.

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