Monday 29 February 2016

Slavonian Grebes

Lade - cold, dry, sunny, ne 2 - With the wind easing off it was a much better day to be out and about in the field and the early breeders certainly seemed to appreciate it with Dabchicks trilling from reedbed margins and Great Crested Grebes grunting and head-shaking nearby. A flock of 4 Reed Buntings along the main track was noteworthy and by midday several Buzzards and Marsh Harriers were thermaling high above the shingle ridges behind the `mirrors`.
Dungeness - A walk along the beach from the lifeboat station to the lighthouse revealed very little and we couldn't even find the Glaucous Gull. On the sea a few Red-throated Divers drifted by and a flock of 20 Brents headed east.
RSPB - From the causeway road 2 Slavonian Grebes on ND and the usual dabbling duck flock on ARC. The fields at Boulderwall revealed 500 or so Goldies and Lapwings, plus 100 Wigeon, a Great White Egret and 2 Egyptian Geese.
Scotney - The grass field by the road was virtually empty apart from the feral goose flock and a few Pied Wagtails. 

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