Saturday, 7 April 2012

Owls & Dolphins

Dungeness - 0635hrs - mild, cloudy, sw 2, but ne3 by midday - Joined TG for a near hour seawatch in the hide. Very little on the move apart from a handful of divers, Sandwich Terns, Gannets, a Fulmar and a small party of Shovelers and Teals. A Common Tern remained at the Patch.
A stroll over to the Obs revealed 3 singing Black Reds around the power station, a few Mipits and Linnets, a pair of Ravens and a couple of Willow Warblers in the moat.
Later in the morning a pod of 9 white-beaked dolphins were seen off the fishing boats following the range boat (DW).
Galloways - 1130hrs - A hunting Short-eared Owl was about the only bird of note over the ranges while a Little Owl was again seen on the chicken sheds. At Springfield Bridge a single Swallow over.
Very little of note on the bird reserve, but the Spoonbill was reported from ARC and seen to fly towards Lade earlier in the day (OL).

                                           Little Owl, Dengemarsh Road

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