Tuesday 17 December 2013

First Great White Egret

Lade - 0900hrs - mild, cloudy, drizzle, ne 3 - The wildfowl-fest continues on south pit, much to the delight of one female Marsh Harrier that was feeding on a Coot on the edge of the far reedbed. Several other harriers were on the wing behind the `mirrors`, while both Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were noted. Once again there was a couple of thousand gulls on the water, mostly Black-headed.
Burrowes - Called in at the bird reserve this morning with our three year old grandson. From Firth hide he successfully identified (with a little help) his first Great White Egret and promptly rattled through the common wildfowl, Cormorant and Coot; Goldeneye and a redhead Smew also noted. Canada and Greylag Geese were correctly identified in the Boulderwall fields.
Dungeness - An hour at the concrete road with MH this afternoon was noteworthy for up to 40, mostly high flying, Red-throated Divers moving west, along with many more auks and Kittiwakes. Several close Razorbills were identified, plus a couple of distant Gannets and 2 Brents. En-route a flock of Herring Gulls on the shingle contained an adult Caspian Gull.

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