Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sandwich Terns

Lade - 0700hrs- cold, dry, sunny, nw1 - Flogged around the local patch but was unable to find a single passage migrant this morning. Single Goldeneye on south pit, 6 Med Gulls overhead and a couple of Marsh Harriers over the airport was about it on the land. No shortage of Sandwich Terns though with at least 150 moving noisily along the bay.
ARC -  1000hrs Quiet here too with just the Spoonbill in front of Hanson of note, plus a couple of Chiffs from the willow trail (Bullfinch and Willow Warbler earlier).
Dungeness - 1545hrs An hour from the boats produced precisely 2 divers and 10 Brents, although a Bonxie had been seen before I arrived.
The morning seawatch produced up to 1,000 Brents, a steady dribble of ducks and a Great White Egret. On the land c20 Chiffs and Black Redstarts around the Old Light and a Short-eared Owl over the desert.

                                          Tufted Duck, ARC

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