Wednesday 19 December 2012

Divers & Smew

Dungeness -0830hrs - Mild, overcast, se 3 - A change in wind direction to a south-easterly pushed the seabirds closer to shore with plenty of auks, Red-throated Divers, Kittiwakes and Gannets rounding the point. Whilst chatting to DG by the seawatch hide had superb views of a knuckle-headed Great Northern Diver lumbering eastwards just off shore. Also past, 6 Oystercatchers and 3 Common Scoters. At the Patch several hundred, mainly Common and Black-headed Gulls, plus 2 Kittiwakes and an adult Med Gull, while a Peregrine upset the gulls and pigeons on the power station roof. The Glaucous Gull remained at the fishing boats.
RSPB - 1345hrs - With rain threatening had a run out to the bird reserve with the Joker this afternoon. First stop the causeway road and New Diggings where we had no success with the Black-throated Diver (although it had been reported earlier) but did note a Great White Egret and 4 Goldeneyes. On ARC from the road, 200 Gadwalls, 50 Shovelers and a Goosander, and from Hanson, 6 Goldeneyes and a squealing Water Rail. A scan from Dennis`s hide looking back to New Diggings revealed 3 redhead Smew, while a drake and another redhead landed in front of the hide on Burrowes alongside 4 more Goldeneyes. A Marsh Harrier drifted over and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the water were the only other birds of note.

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