Saturday, 2 October 2010

Dungenesss and Scotney

Barred Warbler
My first stop was the ARC Pit where i found 38,Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Terns, 4 Chiffchaffs and the usual ducks and geese and gulls. Opposite the ARC on the New Diggings a fine juvenile Black Throated Diver showed well. On to the point to be told that a Long-tailed Skua was lingering offshore. A few minutes later i was watching it albeit distantly along with an Arctic Skua to give great comparisons. Also there were 2 more Arctic Skuas past, 22 Common Scoter,1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot, a few Gannets and several Common and Sandwich Terns.
On the land at the point 100+ Pied Wagtails including one with a large growth on its foot preventing it from walking, 100+ Meadow Pipits,3 Ring Ouzels, 15 Chiffchaffs, 4 Black Redstarts,
2 Wheatears, and 12+ Siskins over, also good numbers of Swallows with few House and Sand Martins.
Back to Scotney where the 2 Buff Breasted Sandpipers were showing well along with 14 Ruff,1000+ Golden Plover and no sign of the albino Lapwing. Whilst there i was told of a Barred Warbler at Dungeness RSPB reserve which showed quite well for me. While watching it another Ring Ouzel popped up and at least 4 Cetti's Warblers were singing and then the rain came to curtail further excitements.

Juv.Black Throated Diver


Swallows,Sand Martins and a House Martin

Buuff-Breasted Sandpiper on Sussex side
Barred Warbler

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