Wednesday 13 February 2019

Beach waders

Littlestone - warm, dry and sunny, ssw 2 - Not the best time of day to view the bay but we had good views of hundreds of Curlews and Oystercatchers at low tide, plus Turnstones, Redshank, Ringed Plover and an adult Mediterranean Gull. Three Teal on the tideline was an unusual sight, while further out to sea hundreds of Great Crested Grebes fished the bay.
Lade - A check of the local patch revealed all the usual wildfowl including four Goldeneyes. There was no sign of the Dartford Warbler this morning in the gorse scrub, although a Chiffchaff called in the willow swamp.
  We completed the three day Birdwatching Break for Clare and Peter with 94 species that included a decent range of wintering birds with the highlight being yesterdays superb views of Barn Owls on Shirley Moor.
  I had to go to Folkestone this afternoon, so checked out Foord Road for the recently reported Waxwings, of which there was no sign. 

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