Sunday 4 December 2011

Hume`s Leaf Warbler

Dungeness - 1100hrs - mild, overcast, w2 - An hour at the boats produced 50 odd Great Crested Grebes, and 10 each of  Red-throated Divers and Guillemots on the sea, plus a dribble of Gannets, Kittiwakes and 5 Wigeon west. The Glaucous Gull was loafing on the beach amongst the Herring Gulls for a while before patrolling the foreshore.
Around 1230hrs news broke of a new bird for Dungeness when Will at the Obs found a Hume`s Leaf Warbler in the sallows at the southern end of  Long Pits. Thankfully, it was heard to call (also confirmed by SB) and it remained in the same area, off and on, for most of the afternoon in company with Firecrests (SM). Unfortunately, I arrived too late and the bird was not seen after 1550hrs, having probably gone to roost.

                                          2nd Winter Glaucous Gull, Dungeness

Highlights on the bird reserve today included, 3 Bewick`s Swans, 2 Great White Egrets, 3 Smews and a Glossy Ibis. The Short-eared Owls were again reported from Littlestone Golf Course with another Great White Egret at Hamstreet.

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