Friday, 9 January 2015

`White nun`

Dungeness - 0900hrs - mild, sunny, w 3 - A much better morning than yesterday and very mild with temperatures up to 13C. We joined PB on the concrete road for a brief seawatch which was a typical winter scene with hundreds of Red-throated Divers, Gannets, Kittiwakes and Great Crested Grebes toing and froing, feeding offshore. In amongst the throng was a single Fulmar down-Channel (a year tick, if I was bothering with such a list...),10 Brents up and a distant unidentified skua.
RSPB - A tour of the bird reserve produced 11 Smew on Burrowes, including my first drake of the winter which flew in from the north and eventually landed behind the Cormorant willows in front of Makepeace. All the usual Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon and Teal on the lake, plus several Great White Egrets and Marsh Harriers, Sparrowhawk in the car park, a Firecrest by Dennis`s hide and a Buzzard on the fields at Boulderwall. From the causeway road, two more Great White Egrets.

                                Cattle Egret, soaking up the sunshine

Lydd - The two Cattle Egrets were enjoying the sunshine in their usual field opposite Wraxalls stone yard and at least 91 Bewick`s Swans were in the rape-seed field near Horse Bones Farm out on the Marsh.
Scotney - All the expected wildfowl here including the 1st winter Scaup and over 1,000 feral geese.  The pits at the back held 20 Shelducks and 12 Egyptian Geese.

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