Monday 28 January 2013

Winter Wildfowl

Lade - 0900hrs - Mild, sunny, sw 3 - A fine start to the day which went steadily down hill during the afternoon as the wind and rain developed. On south pit an influx of around 200 Wigeon, plus all the usual diving ducks and a Great White Egret near the `mirrors`. An overhead trickle of Skylarks and Linnets was noteworthy.
Scotney - Following on from reports of a Red-necked Grebe yesterday thought I`d give the pits the once over this morning. At the Sussex end 500 grey geese comprised mainly Greylags but with 3 White-fronts and  a single Tundra Bean Goose, plus 75 Barnacle Geese and assorted hybrid guests. Hundreds of Lapwings and Goldies were on the grass in Kent along with 6 Curlews, 4 Ruff, 2 Redshanks and 50 Dunlins, but for a sheer spectacle the Wigeon took some beating as I estimated there to be around 5,000 on site. Also noted 2 Marsh Harriers, 4 Shelducks, 2 Mipits and a Merlin, but couldn't find a single grebe of any kind.
ARC/New Diggings - Not much change here from yesterday with 9 Smew, 3 Great White Egrets and all the usual wildfowl from the causeway road.
ps: Four Bean Geese were reported with the Bewick`s Swans on Walland Marsh this afternoon (PB).

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