Friday 7 October 2016

Ring Ouzel and a large falcon

Dungeness - 0900hrs  - cool, cloudy, e 3 - At last the wind relented allowing for a few migrants to be seen around the point in the form of several each of Wheatear, Stonechat, Black Redstart, Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail and Goldcrest, plus a Ring Ouzel by Lloyds cottage. Plenty of Robins, Starlings, Mipits, Linnets, Raven and Kestrel also noted. A 30 minute seawatch from the hide delivered a few distant Gannets and Sandwich Terns, two Arctic Skuas, three Common Scoters, a Med Gull and a Grey Seal.
Lade  - From the boardwalk looking across the sands Curlew, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Dunlin and Sanderling all present but distant. On the pits the usual wildfowl, plus brief views of a large, pale streaky falcon flying across the Desert towards the airport, which presumably was the Saker Falcon seen earlier at Dungeness and St Mary-in-the-Marsh earlier in the week.
  The three day bird tour for Greg and Lucy delivered 101 species with the highlights being the Bean and White-fronted Geese, Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egret, Goldeneye, Osprey, a range of waders, chats, and Ring Ouzel.

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