Monday 23 October 2017

Ring Ouzel

Dungeness - 0730hrs - mild, cloudy, sw 2 - A circuit of the point produced hundreds of Goldfinches on the move overhead along with plenty of Mipits and Pied Wagtails and a few Chaffinches, Greenfinches and Reed Buntings, but once again I didn't hear a single Skylark. The bushes by West Beach held Goldcrest and Chiffchaff, whilst a flock of Goldfinches tumbling into the gorse out of the ether were joined by eight Great Tits. Across the desert and margins of the trapping area we flushed a single male Ring Ouzel that dived back into cover, several Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and 10 Redwings overhead. At least 15 Swallows were feeding over the willows while others were seen by the Pilot and along the beach totalling around 50 for the morning. Other bits and bobs included several Stonechats, 20 Linnets, Kestrel and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
  More Ring Ouzels were also seen on the bird reserve this morning.

                                Migrant Great Tit, Dungeness

This afternoon we traipsed around the local patch in a steady drizzle. Needless to say it was pretty hopeless, although several more Swallows skimmed low over the shingle southwards.

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