Tuesday 31 January 2012

Corpses on the Beach

Dungeness - 0900hrs - cold, grey and grim, sleet, e2 - Still a good show of Razorbills offshore amongst the Guillemots and Great Crested Grebes, plus a scattering of Gannets and Kittiwakes. On the shoreline a long dead porpoise corpse being picked over by a Turnstone (is there nothing they wont eat?) and a freshly skinned deer carcass dumped for the incoming tide to tidy up...

                                          Dengemarsh - first dusting of the winter
                                           Dungeness - porpoise corpse

Dengemarsh 1400hrs - Had a stroll from Boulderwall down to Dengemarsh hide taking in Gun Club field. The Great White Egret was on the fields at Boulderwall along with 200 Wigeon, 30 Curlews and 100 Lapwings; the Dotterel was also reported in a Golden Plover flock in the fields towards Cockles Bridge. Two Stonechats and a flock of 30 Greenfinches at the Corral, plus 6 Bewick`s Swans over. From the hide Sparrowhawk, 4 Snipe, 6 Dunlin, 8 Dabchicks and at least 5 Marsh Harriers, but no sign of this mornings 23 Avocets. On the walk back had stunning views of a Firecrest in the gorse by the return trail style.

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