Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Migrants & Seabirds

Dungeness - 0900hrs sunshine and showers, sw 1-2 - Started off dodging a heavy shower opposite Jarman`s with good views of up to 6 Wheatears, 4 Mipits, 3 Skylarks and a scattering of Linnets, Pied Wagtails and Greenfinches. Around the Old Light more Linnets and Mipits, 2 Stonechats, 2 Black Redstarts and singles of Peregrine and Sparrowhawk.
A half hour seawatch from the concrete road delivered a steady flow of Gannets, Sandwich and Common Terns, Common Scoters, 5 Brents, 2 Eiders, 2 Med Gulls and a merganser; the early morning seawatchers noted from the hide, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Divers, Little Gulls, Manxie, Arctic and Great Skuas.
RSPB - 1130hrs - On the bird reserve the highlights were LRP on ARC and Burrowes; Long-tailed Duck, Burrowes; Ring-necked Duck, Dengemarsh; Yellow Wagtail and Swallows over; Wigeon, Dabchick, Redshank and Chiffchaff.
Scotney - 1600hrs - Nothing much here apart from 2 Brents and 4 Ringed Plovers on the grass fields.
Galloways - 1700hrs - Finished the day with good views of Stonechat, Kestrel and Corn Bunting from the range road.

                                           Wheatears, Dungeness

                                           Little Ringed Plover, Burrowes

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