Friday 10 January 2020

Water Pipit

Dungeness - cold and cloudy, nw 2 - With the wind shifting around to a more northerly vector it certainly felt more like winter this morning. A brief seawatch from the hide produced the usual procession of Gannets, Red-throated Divers, auks and a few Kittiwakes offshore, plus a Bonxie sat on the sea.
  Most of the morning was spent around the fields at Boulderwall and Dengemarsh where large flocks of Lapwings, Wigeon, Starlings, plus 50 Curlews, 10 Dunlins, Stock Doves and Woodpigeons attracted the attention of several Marsh Harriers and Common Buzzards. Scanning Tanners pool a Water Pipit seen briefly on the deck near a flash by the Corral soon flew off calling towards Gun Club pool. The wintering drake Smew showed well from the back lake at Hookers while Bearded Tits, Cetti`s Warblers and Water Rails were active from the ramp. Also noted across the site: two Brents, 20 Egyptian Geese, 200 Greylags, Little and Great White Egrets, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Stonechat and Long-tailed Tits.
  Elsewhere, two Long-tailed Ducks were reported from Scotney.

                               Curlews, Smew and Great White Egret

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