Tuesday 12 November 2013

Scoter flock

Dungeness - 1000hrs - cloudy, drizzle, n2 - Another dismal morning with low cloud and rain, but brighter by mid afternoon - Wandered down to The Patch where at least 5 Little Gulls were feeding around the boil along with 100 other regular gulls, while way offshore on Rye Bay a flock of 500 scoters was noteworthy. From the seawatch hide a few Gannets and Kittiwakes on the move plus one flock of 110 Brents westwards.
Scotney - Plenty of activity on the grassy fields where all the usual hundreds of Golden Plovers, Lapwings, Wigeon and feral Barnacle and Greylag Geese present. Also, 2 Shelducks, 10 Dunlins and 2 Redshanks. The Long-tailed Duck was viewable from the bend in the road, but distant, along with hundreds more feral geese and gulls on the water and plovers on the land.

                                United Nations Conference, Dungeness Beach

                                Woodcock, DBO

Dungeness - 1430hrs - At the concrete road joined BM for an hour staring at the sea. A few Gannets and Kitts passed down-Channel plus a cracking Bonxie with Dulux-white wing flashes and single figures of Common Scoter, Brents, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Red-throated Diver and Guillemots and 2 redpolls inbound. Nipped down to the Obs to admire a stunning Woodcock in the hand.

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