Saturday 17 December 2011

Shelducks and Crows

Lade - cold, frosty, sunny, nw3 - slithered across the shingle this morning as the first ground frost of the winter turned the stones into a skating rink. Two Shelducks dropped in on south pit and 3 Marsh Harriers were working the rough ground by the airport. On the beach in the afternoon counted 44 Carrion Crows picking over flotsam on the tide line amongst Turnstones and Oystercatchers.
                                           Shelduck, Lade Pits
                                           Lade Bay, late afternoon

Elsewhere around the Marsh the Rough-legged Buzzard was reported from West Hythe, 3 Short-eared Owls at Littlestone golf course, 2nd winter Glaucous Gull at Dungeness while on the bird reserve the Long-tailed Duck and Great White Egrets remained at their usual haunts.

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