Friday, 6 April 2012

Lesser Pecker & Iceland Gull

Dungeness - 0815hrs - bright, sunny, nw2 - Just missed an Iceland Gull on the beach near the Patch first thing. A few gulls and a Common Tern over the boil. Seawatching was apparantly poor again.
Park Wood, Appledore - 0945hrs - A brilliant session here in perfect spring weather with all the common woodland birds noted and a fine display of flowers including the first bluebells. Best of all tho was brief views of a male Lesser pecker in the mature oak canopy. Also, Green and Greater peckers, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Redpolls, Mistle Thrushes, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and singles of Willow Warbler, Jay, Stock Dove, Goldcrest, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. The odd sounding Chiffchaff was still present, uttering a couple of `chip-chips` followed by a Willow Warbler-like trill and ending with a couple of `chink-chonks`.

                                           Park Wood, Appledore

                                           2nd winter Iceland Gull, Burrowes

                                           1st Yellow Wagtail, Firth

RSPB - 1400hrs - Caught up with the 2nd winter Iceland Gull roosting on Burrowes and my first Yellow Wagtail of the year near Firth hide, plus a singing Willow Warbler nearby. From the ramp good views of a Cetti`s Warbler and the usual harriers, while the Spoonbill and Long-tailed Duck were on ARC. Swallow, Sedge Warbler and LRP also reported from around the bird reserve today.

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