Thursday, 19 April 2012

After the Lord Mayor`s Show...

Dungeness - 0900hrs - cloudy, south-west 2, dry - Following the events of yesterday it was inevitable that seawatching was going to be flat, and so it proved with an hour in the hide yielding just a single Bonxie, 8 scoters, 2 divers, 6 auks, a steady passage of Gannets and up to 50 Common Terns just offshore. However, due to the lighter winds the passerines stuck their heads above the parapet with good views of Black Redstarts, Wheatears, Stonechats, Mipits, Skylarks, Pied Wagtails, Linnets, Greenfinch, Willow Warbler and Whitethroat.
New Diggings - Eight Little Egrets from the causeway road was noteworthy.
Galloways - A scout around the range road delivered a single Corn Bunting, Kestrel, Stock Doves, 2 Swallows and Whimbrel overhead whistling.
In summary another good weeks birding around the Marsh, plus a day in Pas-de-Calais, delivered 121 species. Highlights for the guests included; Crested Tits and KPs in France; Long-tailed Duck, Garganeys and Yellow Wagtails on the bird reserve; and best of all the Big Bonxie passage at Dungeness.

                                          Pied Wagtail, Dungeness

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