Thursday, 26 April 2012

Blows Downs, Dunstable

Blows Downs - 1030hrs - cool, cloudy, heavy showers - Had to go `up-north` today so called in at one of my old local patches to look for Ring Ouzels. A bit late in the day really, so something of a long shot, but despite a thorough search of former favourite bushes and slopes I couldn't locate one. A decent spread of migrants tho included loads of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats and singles of Willow Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. All the usual downland breeders in song, such as Skylarks, Yammers, Mipits and Linnets, plus 2 Buzzards and a Kestrel over.

                                           Blows Downs, Dunstable

Dungeness - 1600hrs - Having spent 5 hours on motorways was good to get home and breath some fresh air up at the point. An hour from the concrete road delivered a steady stream of westward Gannets, Common and Sandwich Terns, 5 Little Terns, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Med Gulls, 10 Kitts, plus 3 Arctic Skuas and a Bonxie going east.

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