Monday 2 April 2012

Barney in Summer Plum

Dungeness - 0645hrs - cold, frosty, sunny, ne1 - Managed to stay for almost an hour in the seawatch hide where a dribble of divers, scoters, mergansers, Brents and Gannets up-Channel, plus 20 or so Sandwich Terns milling around just offshore and 3 porpoises. Black Redstart and Wheatear by the Old Light.
Checked out Lade but very little of note apart from 3 Goldeneyes and singing Chiffchaffs.
ARC 1430hrs - A pair of LRPs at the south end from the causeway road and a Swallow over.
Elsewhere around the reserve today; Spoonbill and Whimbrel on ARC; Long-tailed Duck, Burrowes; Willow Warbler and Sand Martin; Wheatear and Black Redstart, Dengemarsh gully (MH).
Dungeness 1500hrs Another hour staring at the sea produced even less than this morning, although a party of Eiders went through earlier (TG).

                                         Barney seawatching in smart summer plumage

ps: The only other local news concerned the Short-eared Owls which were again seen over the weekend at Littlestone Golf Course.

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