Friday 9 March 2012

Bird Tour Weekend

Lade - 0800hrs - cold, grey sw2 - Nothing much to report on the local patch except a few grounded Reed Buntings and Mipits. Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in the garden again.
RSPB - 1330hrs - Sarah and Jean from Sussex, in for a weekends birdwatching. We kicked off with a pause on the causeway road where 4 Smews and 6 Goldeneyes on New Diggings. Plenty of Tree Sparrows, tits and Chaffinches around the car park and on the Boulderwall feeders. From Hanson a single redhead Smew amongst the legions of wildfowl including the incredible sight of about 200 Shovelers dabbling in unison, plus the obligatory Marsh Harriers over every so often. From Screen 8 Curlews, loads more wildfowl, Green Woodpecker, Reed Buntings and Pied Wagtails.
Littlestone - 1530hrs - A cracking end to the day with decent views of a Short-eared Owl hunting over the rough on the golf course, plus 2 singing Skylarks. On the bay plenty of waders, including 400 Knots swirling around in a small cloud at times; also 50 Barwits, 100 Dunlins and 200 Sanderlings.

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