Friday 2 January 2015

Dungeness in the sun

Lade - 1000hrs - warm, dry and sunny w 2 - With the overnight wind dropping away and the clouds clearing it turned into a stunning winters day with warm sunshine enticing a number of flying insects out, including a Peacock butterfly in the garden. Over the pits the female Red-crested Pochard was amongst the throng on south lake and a couple of Marsh Harriers drifted over the back.
Dungeness - We had a family wander round the point in shirt sleeve weather. On the beach the anglers were landing plenty of whiting, dabs and a few codling, while offshore a trickle of Kitts, divers, auks and Gannets were present. On the land a Black Redstart by Westbeach was the highlight, plus two Stonechats by the Britannia and a Raven `cronked` along the beach.

                                Dungeness in the sunshine

Lade  - Walked the foreshore searching for a reported dead, "big seabird" that turned out to be a Cormorant. All the usual waders were on the sands.

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