Monday 27 April 2015

75 species in an afternoon

Dengemarsh - cold, cloudy, ne 3 - We commenced a five day birdwatching break for Jill, John and Tony from Dorset today and started in some style with a Little Owl in the army camp. By Brett`s a decent collection of passerines including Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Willow and Cetti`s Warblers and at least 20 Greenfinches. From Galloways, Mipit and Stonechat and a Peregrine near Brickwall Farm, but no sign of the Cattle Egrets.
A circuit of Dengemarsh produced cracking views of Cuckoo, Hobby, two Whimbrel on the hayfields, plus Marsh Harriers, `booming` Bittern, Raven, Yellow Wagtail, Brent Goose and Wigeon.

                                Little Owl and Greenfinch, Range Road

Greatstone Beach - With short, high tides conditions were perfect for wader watching around 1800hrs with a staggering 500 Dunlins, mostly in summer plumage, plus 200 Oystercatchers, 50 Curlews, 100 Sanderling, 30 Ringed Plovers, 30 Barwits, Turnstone, Redshank and a spanking Grey Plover to finish a pretty decent afternoon rattling up 75 species without even trying.

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