Friday, 20 July 2012

RM Canal Survey & Eagle Owl

Warehorne to Appledore - warm, dry and sunny, light airs - Final visit to survey this section of the RMC for RSPB Farmland Bird Survey. Confirmed breeding of Turtle Dove, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch and Spotted Flycatchers. Still plenty of Blackcaps and Reed Warblers in song; Hobby, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard noted; 2 Tree Sparrow colonies; singing Cetti`s Warbler. On the down side a paucity of waterfowl, due I assume in part to the presence of Mink, of which 2 were seen.
Folkestone Leas Cliff - 1400hrs - A Kingfisher was a surprise find in the park at the bottom of the cliffs, after which it headed out along the foreshore towards Sandgate.
Dengemarsh -1700hrs - Plenty of Common Tern activity, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Hobby was about it here.
ps: Reports of an owl on the Charter House building in central Ashford have been confirmed as an Eagle Owl (per NB). Apparently its been there for a month, so must be feeding well on something or other; cats, rats, small dogs etc...

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