Thursday 1 November 2012

Whooper Swans & Short-eared Owl

Dungeness - 1030hrs - Cold, wet, w3 -  Following on from last nights hosing, heavy showers continued throughout the morning and early afternoon making for flooded roads across the Marsh and turning fields into lakes.However, the sun did eventually break through to deliver a fine sunset.
On the Point the 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was still present, not far from a film shoot who looked as though they were enjoying the weather... Nearby, on the concrete road, a glum looking PB had drawn a blank with a seawatch, so I thought it best to move on.
Midley - Caught up with the Whooper Swans found at Midley by NB last weekend; a good find as they are not an annual visitor down here. When I arrived the two adults were about as far away as possible across the oil-seed rape field, munching on the greenery alongside a host of Mutes. Along the lane with the dead elms a large flock of winter thrushes noted, plus a female Marsh Harrier, Kestrel and Greater pecker.

                                 Distant, duff views of 2 adult Whoopers Swans, Midley

ARC - 1500hrs - The usual dabblers on the vanishing islands, plus 50 Lapwings and 5 Golden Plovers. In the willow scrub, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tits and Chiffchaff.
Lade - 1600hrs - Whilst taking Barney for a walk we finished the day in some style with a Short-eared Owl quartering the Desert just south of the pits. Also, a trickle of Pied Wagtails heading towards their power station roost site.

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