Tuesday 31 October 2017

Great Northern Diver

Monday - Dungeness - cold, clear, nw 2 - The first frost of the season on the car windscreen this morning. A circuit of the point searching for grounded migrants produced absolutely nothing apart from the usual Stonechats and Goldfinches. Overhead a trickle of finches, Starlings and several Skylarks came in off the sea, whilst there were plenty of passing Gannets from the turning circle. At the southern end of the Trapping Area a Swallow skimmed low out across the Desert and five Fieldfares `chacked` over heading inland. At least three Sparrowhawks were noted.
Tuesday - Dungeness - mild, cloudy light airs - Called in at the seawatch hide briefly this morning and jammed in on a fly-by Great Northern Diver in company with TG. Offshore the usual Gannets and Kittiwakes drifted by, plus a few auks, Common Scoters and several small flocks of Starlings, although there had been many more earlier and a Sooty Shearwater. It was quiet on the land again with just a scattering of Stonechats, Chiffchaffs and Blackbirds in the bushes, a Dartford Warbler by the railway cafĂ© and a trickle of finches and Redwings overhead.

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