Saturday, 14 February 2015

More of the same...

Lade - mild, rain clearing, cloudy, se 2 - We worked the local patch more out of a sense of duty that any expectancy of anything new. The two Smew remained on south lake along with three drake Goldeneyes and four redheads, but generally wildfowl numbers continued to decline as is usual this time of year. On the shingle ridges out towards Mockmill at least 200 Curlews were at roost.
Dungeness  - Scanning from the seawatch hide I thought there was a twitch in progress, but it turned out to be a group visit by members of the Sussex Ornithological Society! There was very little happening on the sea with single figures of Gannet, Red-throated Diver and Kittiwake in an hour, plus one flock of 25 Brents and five Pintails east. At the Patch at least two Med Gulls amongst the melee over the boil and two Black Redstarts in the power station complex.
Kerton Road - After coffee and a veterinary consultation at the cafĂ© we checked the now silent gravel pit where Shelducks and Oystercatchers were sussing out potential nest sites. Several Skylarks fed around the workings and a Stonechat was on the scrub.  

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