Monday 26 March 2012

London Ladies

Lade - 0630hrs - At least 10 Redwings in garden bushes first thing with many more passing overhead.
Dungeness - 0800hrs - cool, dry, sunny, ne3 - An hours seawatch from the hide produced very little seabird movement, although the banter was lively... A single Bonxie was the highlight, plus a trickle of Gannets, Sandwich Terns, 2 Med Gulls, 2 mergs, 33 Brents, Merlin and  Curlew.
Birdwatching Break - Picked up the London Ladies (Val, Sandra and Barbara) from Ashford at midday for their 13th visit to Plovers.
ARC - 1345hrs - From the causeway road we had good views of 2 White Wagtails, 3 Goldeneyes, Little Egret and the usual variety of ducks. Hanson delivered more common wildfowl, 2 Med Gulls plus singles of Pintail and Avocet, Marsh Harrier and Kestrel. From the Willow Trail, common lizard, small tortoiseshell and peacock. Over the road on the Boulderwall feeders up to 10 Tree Sparrows and 2 Reed Buntings. Also, a very sickly looking hare close to the road.
Burrowes - 1530hrs - Got the Long-tailed Duck on the list for the week just in case it does decided to do the off. The sandy bank with the colony of bees near Dennis`s hide are apparently Andrena cineraria (thanks to Pete Akers, former Dungeness RSPB warden for that) and were active today.
Littlestone - 1700hrs Finished the day down by the Romney Bay Hotel, where I didnt hold out much hope for the Short-eared Owl but eventually we saw 2, one perched and one in flight, plus Linnets and Skylark. On the beach Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover, Curlews and Sanderlings.

                                          Ringed Plover, Littlestone

                                          Brown Hare, Boulderwall
                                                       Nut-tree Tussock, New Romney

PS: Swallow and House Martin on the bird reserve today, plus a Garganey at Dengemarsh. The Nut-tree Tussock was an early record trapped in New Romney at the weekend.

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