Thursday, 30 March 2017

Water Pipit

Dungeness  - 0900hrs - warm, dry, sunny, sw 2 - An hour in the seawatch hide with the regulars was most productive with a trickle of Red-throated Divers, Gannets, Kittiwakes, Sandwich Terns, Common Scoters, Brents, 2 Med Gulls and, new for the year, a Great Northern Diver up-Channel.
It was still quiet on the land, although we did manage to locate a pair of Black Redstarts, several Chiffchaffs and a single Willow Warbler, also a first of the spring.
  On New Diggings a partial summer plumage Slavonian Grebe showed well, as did the Ring-necked Duck on Cook`s Pool. We finished off with brief views of a smart Water Pipit on hayfield 2, skulking in the long grass that eventually hurtled off inland. Also noted around Dengemarsh six Redshanks, two Ravens, several Marsh Harriers and Bearded Tits.
  Ray and Stuart completed their Birdwatching Break with 107 species that included some real quality in the shape of Great Northern Diver, Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes, Velvet Scoter, Ring-necked Duck, Iceland Gull, Long-eared Owl and Water Pipit.

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