Thursday, 10 October 2019

Blue Tits

Dungeness - mild, sunny, w 4 - Another quiet birding day across the peninsula with just a few Goldfinches, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches, alba wagtails, Skylarks and Swallows on the move. There seemed to be an influx of Blue Tits with flocks of 20 or more at several local sites today. An hour staring at the sea produced five Arctic Skuas, 10 Mediterranean Gulls and plenty of distant Sandwich Terns, Gannets and Kittiwakes.
  A late morning check of the front fields at Scotney delivered the usual mixed feral Barnacle Goose flock, plus 100 Lapwings, 10 Golden Plovers, three Curlews, Ruff, Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear.
From Hanson hide on ARC more Lapwings, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and three Little Gulls, while on Burrowes plenty more Golden Plovers, two Garganeys and a Red-throated Diver.
 This afternoon on the low tide a check of the bay from Littlestone produced seven species of waders including 15 Ringed Plovers. A Ring Ouzel was seen this morning in Mockmill, Lade (DS).

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