Monday 19 January 2015

The north wind doth blow

Dungeness - 0900hrs - cold, cloudy, n 3 - Without doubt the coldest day of the winter so far with a rasping wind out of the north. We had a bit of a spin round the peninsula today, along with many other birders who also had the same idea, some of whom were down twitching the Night Heron.
There was little happening offshore with only a trickle of feeding divers, auks, Kittiwakes and Gannets. On the beach towards the Patch an adult Med Gull but nothing else amongst around a thousand gulls. On the shingle by the concrete road a 1st winter Caspian Gull was still present.
RSPB - On ARC two Great White Egrets, two Goosanders and a Smew on the water while a Bittern showed briefly from Screen hide, along with Chiffchaff and Cetti`s Warbler in the reedbed. On Burrowes ten Smew included a stunning `white nun`, plus 25 Pintail and two more Great White Egrets.
Lydd - The two Cattle Egrets were in their chosen field in Dengemarsh Road, while at Horse Bones Farm 84 Bewick`s and one Whooper Swan were noted, but distant.
Littlestone - Checked the beach on a falling tide where 15 Grey and five Ringed Plovers of note.

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