Monday, 28 April 2014

Garden Firecrest

Dungeness - 0600-0800hrs - mild, sunny, ne 2 - A seawatch from the concrete road with CP, in balmy conditions was slow going, but perked up mid-way through. The usual feeding Sandwich Terns, Gannets and a Fulmar were feeding offshore, plus the following on the move up-Channel: Red-throated Diver 1, Black-throated Diver 3 (one over the sea, one on the sea and another behind us over the land), Gannet 25, Brent 3, Common Scoter 27, Whimbrel 1, Arctic Skua 4, Bonxie 2, Kittiwake 2, Commic Tern 90, Black Tern 4, auk 5.
Romney Warren - Had to go to St Mary`s Bay this morning so called in at the KWT site. Singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Reed Warbler, plus two pairs of Dabchicks were the birding highlights. Along the back track, orange tips and green-veined whites were on the wing and two slow worms were warming up under an old carpet tile.
Lade - Very quiet here with just a soaring Buzzard over the airfield and a Cuckoo in the willow swamp of any note. Highlight of the day though, was a Firecrest in the garden fir trees that actually burst into song and showed briefly before disappearing into next doors firs.
Dungeness - 1530hrs - Another look at the sea off the boardwalk delivered nought apart from fishing Sarnies and Gannets.

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