Monday 11 November 2013

Wildfowl & Waders on the move

Dungeness - 0945hrs - cool, overcast, drizzle, s 4 - Only had limited time in the field today but joined DW, TG, PB and MH for an hour at the fishing boats where there was a decent westward passage of wildfowl and waders already underway; most of which, particularly the Brents were close to shore or just overhead. Whilst I was there we had 200 Brents, 50 Common Scoters, 50 Wigeon, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Ducks, 6 Red-throated Divers, 10 auks, 50 Dunlin, 6 Sanderling, 5 Knot and singles of Purple Sandpiper (thanks to DW for ironing that one out...) Grey Plover and Med Gull. Further out there were good numbers of Gannets and gulls either feeding or on the move and at least 50 Great Crested Grebes on the sea.
No doubt many more of the above were logged throughout the morning (check the DBO website for full detail), plus a Black Brant within the goose flocks (MH).

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