Saturday 21 January 2012

A Goose Day

Pett Level - 0930hrs- mild (13C by midday), cloudy, w3- En-route to the Levels plenty of feral geese at Scotney; 75 Barnacles, 6 Blue/Emperor types, 250 Grey Lags, 50 Canadas; and over 1,000 Goldies on East Guldeford Level opposite Northpoint Pit.
At Pett located the goose flock over by the canal. TI & BB also on site scanning from the road. Slogged down the track (much to Barney`s satisfaction) from Toot`s Rock where a flock of 50 Fieldfares on the hillside plus Green Woodpecker and Yellowhammer. Out on the fields hundreds of Lapwings, Starlings, Woodpigeons, Stock Doves, corvids, Curlews, Redshanks, Dunlins, Wigeons and Shelducks; also, single Marsh Harrier, Little Egret and Kestrel.
Managed to get reasonably close to the geese from the main track where 4 very nervy Pink-feet and 9 White-fronts kept apart from the mixed dross of 114 Greylags, 123 Canadas, 1 Blue Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose and 2 hybrid types.
From the sea wall several Fulmars on the cliff face at Cliff End and to complete the goose list 3 Brents in the bay.
Rye Harbour - 1200hrs -  A quick call in revealed all the expected shorebirds on Flat Beach plus several Rock Pipits along the river.

Pink-feet & White-fronts, Pett, Bewick`s Swans, Midley

Walland Marsh -  1300hrs - A drive back across Walland delivered 53 Bewicks Swans (including 6 imms) 3 Marsh Harriers and a Buzzard at Midley, plus a dozen Tree Sparrows on the feeders.
Dungeness - 1400hrs - Around the bird reserve this afternoon: 2 Ravens over Burrowes; 3 Smews, 1 Long-tailed Duck on ARC; Ruddy Duck, New Diggings; Firecrest, Christmas Dell; Great White Egret, Dengemarsh. The Caspian Gull was reported from the Point.

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