Friday, 27 April 2012

Channel Wagtails

Dungeness - 0540hrs - cool, sunny, ssw3 - An early seawatch from the hide delivered much promise with an early rush of birds, but soon petered out; and not a single wader or diver in 2 hours. However, the Bonxies kept coming with 20 during the watch, several very close, and 10 Arctic Skuas. Hundreds of Common and Sandwich Terns milling around the point with several large groups on passage; also, two probable flocks of Arctics, but difficult to nail in such light and distance, plus 12 Brents, 20 scoters, 2 Fulmars, 20 Gannets, 2 Meds, 10 auks and 2 Swallows in.
ARC - 1400hrs - At the south end up to 10 flava wagtails included at least 4 Channel types (pale head, white throat and tear-drop marking on cheek), singles of White Wag and Mipit, LRP, Curlew and 2 Little Egrets. From Hanson another LRP and distant Long-tailed Duck.

                                         Channel Wagtails, ARC

                                         Whimbrels, Burrowes

Burrowes - Stunning views of 2 Whimbrels that dropped in front of Firth for 5 minutes. Also, 2 Swallows, 5 Swifts, Ringed Plover, Redshank and 2 more Whimbrels from Makepeace. Several Whimbrels going over calling from the car park and 6 in the field by Cook`s pool.

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