Sunday, 8 March 2020

White Wagtails

Denngemarsh - mild, cloudy, sw 4 - First off we walked the gully into a stiffish breeze with large waves crashing over the sea wall by the lookout tower. A solitary Firecrest and five Chiffchaffs were of note in gorse by the wind turbine, plus two Greenfinches, three singing Cetti`s Warblers, two Reed Buntings and several each of Skylark, Linnet and Meadow Pipit over. A large Stoat was terrorising Rabbits on the warren by Hayfield 3 where 200 Golden Plovers, four Redshanks and 12 Shelducks present. From Springfield Bridge, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier and 20 Wigeons.

                               Dengemarsh sewer, brimful
                               Goldies over Hayfield 3

                                Med Gull amongst the Black-heads

  The wet stubble fields around the dung heap held plenty of birds, including at least two White Wagtails amongst 15 Pieds, 10 Meadow Pipits, 10 Skylarks, 10 Stock Doves and two Corn Buntings, while Black-headed and Common Gull flocks attracted three Med Gulls. Two more White Wagtails were seen from Cockles Bridge.
  The front fields at Scotney were relatively quiet apart for the usual feral geese, Wigeon and a couple of Curlews, but five Long-tailed Ducks were reportedly still on the western most pit outback.
  This afternoon, after doing the Lade WeBS count, a visit to ARC from the Hanson hide drew a blank for the Red-necked Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser seen earlier (RW) and likewise the Glaucous Gull at Dungeness. 

                                Scotney wildfowl

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