Friday, 17 December 2021

Egrets and Ibises

Dungeness - mild, overcast, NE 2 - A miserable day of weather (reflecting the national mood) with poor light throughout and occasional drizzle. I started off at Lade where a combined wildfowl count barely reached 150 birds, plus 500 high tide roosting Black-headed and Common Gulls on north lake. Around the willow swamp Chiffchaff, Cetti`s Warbler and Water Rails were in good voice and a Sparrowhawk nipped through chasing a Collared Dove.

                                 Glossy Ibis, Burrowes

On the bird reserve two Cattle Egrets and a Glossy Ibis were on the Boulderwall fields by Cook`s Pool with another Ibis on Burrowes feeding below Firth hide on an island amongst a host of Gadwalls. Thousands of Cormorants loafed on the islands along with 200 Lapwings plus a group of nine Ruffs and a Dunlin at the Makepeace end, while two Goldeneyes and Pintails were the only ducks of note. A walk out to the viewpoint overlooking New Diggings revealed a Great White Egret displaying in flight to another one and two Little Egrets on the causeway bank. Diving ducks tallied 462 Tufted Ducks and 285 Pochards. 

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