Tuesday 13 November 2012

Lapland Bunting

Dungeness - 0830hrs - Mild, overcast, sw2 - A brief seawatch from the fishing boats resulted in plenty of Kittiwakes, Gannets and Guillemots milling around offshore, plus 3 Red-throated Divers and a single west bound Common Scoter. The 3rd winter Glaucous and adult Yellow-legged Gulls remained in the area.
ARC - The usual wildfowl, including 4 Goldeneyes and Shelduck, and Lapwings from Hanson hide, plus 3 Snipes, Sparrowhawk and a female Marsh Harrier with a piece of what looked like string attached to its leg. From the pines cracking views of an adult male Merlin on the Desert and `pinging` Beardies in the Tower Pit reed bed. The car park scrub was full of birds: tits, finches, Tree Sparrows, Starlings, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, plus a fly over Brambling.
Littlestone - 1230hrs - Another look for the Snow Bunting drew a blank but did discover a very flighty Lapland Bunting on the foreshore which eventually flew off towards the hotel. Also, several Skylarks and Pied Wagtails on the golf links.
Lade - 1500hrs - Checked out the willows for roosting birds this evening. Of note were 34 Magpies, 150 Woodpigeons, 20 Blackbirds and a single Little Egret. Hundreds more Woodpigeons, Stock Doves, Lapwings and Starlings on the move by the airport.  
ps: The Penduline Tit was reported this afternoon from Hanson hide (per SB).

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