Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Grey Plover

Dungeness - 0845hrs - Sunny, mild, sw4 - Strolled down to The Patch where a Little Gull was the only bird of note amongst the numerous Black-heads. Whilst chatting to DW, and admiring the new hide, a small group of Brents and a Curlew headed down-Channel, buffeted by the blustery wind. Offshore a trickle of Gannets and Sandwich Terns noted. On the walk back a singing Black Redstart showed briefly on the power station wall and down by the lifeboat station 10 Swallows headed out to sea.

                                          Grey Plover, ARC

ARC  - 1500hrs - Grey Plovers have been thin on the ground this autumn so it was good to see one on the islands in front of Hanson, napping amongst the Wigeons, Shovelers and Teals.The 2 Little Stints were still present and a Bar-headed Goose was within the Grey Lag flock. A Penduline Tit was reported over the road yesterday, which prompted regular checks of the bulrushes, just in case...
Nothing much from Screen hide apart from 5 Swallows over, 2 Marsh Harriers, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. The scrub in the lee of the wind at the entrance to Tower Pits attracted a number of Robins and Chiffchaffs.

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