Tuesday 4 December 2012


Dungeness - 0800hrs - Cold, sunny, wnw 2 - A spell at the fishing boats produced hundreds of Guillemots on the sea; I counted at least 200 and there was probably another 100 coming and going around the point. Also, at least 20 Red-throated Divers, 100 Great Crested Grebes and 50 Kittiwakes, 6 Common Scoters and a few distant Gannets. The Glaucous Gull was loafing around as usual looking for an easy meal from a recently beached fishing boat.

                                          Guillemots, Dungeness

Lade - A few Siskins and Redpolls overhead on the walk out to the pits, plus several Song Thrushes on the storm beaches. Wildfowl of note included 3 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye and the Long-tailed Duck on north pit. Plenty of Marsh Harrier activity on the rough ground behind the `mirrors` on this fine sunny morning.
RSPB - 1500hrs - Two Great White Egrets on New Diggings and another on Burrowes. Apart from that not much else apart from a few Goldeneyes amongst all the usual wildfowl and a flyover Bittern from the causeway road.
ps: Waxwings and Bewick`s Swans were reported from Walland Marsh this morning.

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