Thursday 22 March 2012

Hazy Days

                                           Wheatear, Dungeness

Lade Bay - 0915hrs - Hazy sunshine, brisk easterly 3 - Had a quick look at the bay on an incoming tide for waders, despite the light being all wrong. Most of the larger ones had already gone to roost but we had superb views of a group of Sanderlings near the boardwalk.
Dungeness - 1000hrs Spent the rest of the morning flogging around the point looking for migrants. Eventually found a single Wheatear opposite Jarmans plus 2 Pied Wagtails and a couple of singing Mipits and Skylarks. Around the old light a pair of Stonechats, 10 Linnets, 4 Greenfinches, 2 Mipits and a Kestrel. Very little movement on the sea apart from a trickle of Kittiwakes, 2 scoters, a diver and 4 Sandwich Terns. Finished with a pair of Ravens flying along the foreshore.
Finished up with 89 species for the Birdwatching Break the highlights being a wide range of wildfowl including the wintering Long-tailed Duck; `booming` Bittern; displaying Marsh Harriers; Avocets, Ruff and Golden Plovers; Little and Short-eared Owls; Black Redstart, Wheatear and Stonechats; Raven, Tree Sparrows and Corn Buntings. 

                                           Mipit, Dungeness

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