Thursday 22 November 2012

Long-tailed Duck

Dungeness - 0830hrs - Mild, sunny, ssw 6 - Driving down the coast road I followed a Merlin doing a steady 30 mph into the head wind. At the point wandered down to The Patch in very windy conditions, where just the usual gulls and very little else moving on the sea. A few passerines on the land including 15 Goldfinches, 12 Greenfinches and a scattering of Mipits and Pied Wagtails, while a pair of Ravens made light of the wind over the power station.
Lade - 1500hrs - The wind had picked up to near gale force by now making viewing very difficult. On north pit the Long-tailed Duck was in its usual spot over near the swing bridge. Few birds came to roost in the willows apart from 20 Magpies, 2 Little Egrets and 50 odd Woodpigeons.

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