Monday, 16 April 2012

Yellow Wagtails & an Ex Iceland Gull

Dungeness - 0730hrs - cold, ne2, sunny - An hour in the hide delivered singles of Eider, Fulmar and Red-throated Diver, 2 Med Gulls and 5 Gannets. At the Patch at least 30 Common Terns amongst the gulls.
Birdwatching Break
Picked up Stuart and Raymond from Ashford station for a weeks birding. Stopped off at Faggs Wood on the way back where the usual Nuthatches, Treecreeper, Bullfinch, Greater pecker and Coal Tit noted. In Warehorne village the feeders were alive with Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches, tits and a Greater pecker. Nothing much from the bridge except a pair of Mistle Thrushes, Chiffchaff and Goldfinches.
RSPB - 1400hrs - The bird reserve came up trumps this afternoon with a decent array of migrants, chief amongst them being up to 15 Yellow Wagtails on ARC, Burrowes and Dengemarsh. Also on ARC a cracking White Wagtail, 2 LRPs, Sedge, Reed and Cetti`s Warblers, Whitethroat, 2 Ravens over and all 3 hirundines. On Burrowes the Long-tailed Duck, Sparrowhawk, 4 Ringed Plovers, 11 Dunlin, Dabchick and the corpse of a recently expired 2nd summer Iceland Gull, which apparently did not look at all well this morning. On Dengemarsh the usual Marsh Harriers, Lapwings, Redshanks, 3 Wigeons, 2 Garganeys, Wheatear and calling Grey Partridge from the army ranges.
Bird of the day was most definitely Yellow Wag, one our smartest spring migrants without a doubt.

                                          Yellow Wagtails, Burrowes

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