Sunday, 17 October 2010

No wind no birds

A very calm Dungeness this morning filled me with optimism. A quick look in the lighthouse garden produced 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest along with the resident birds. Then half hour looking at the sea came up with 2 distant Little Gulls, 6 Shelduck, 20 Common Scoter, 32 Brent Geese, 8 Kittiwake,  9 Turnstone, 1 Med Gull, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sandwich Terns, a few distant Auks along with lots of Gannets loitering off shore.
Back on the land i spent 3 hours walking in the trapping area for scant reward just 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 8 Long-tailed Tits and a Great spotted Woodpecker, 8 Siskins, 26 House Martins and 100+ Swallows. The local Robins and Dunnocks were doing there best to become Bluetails alas it was not to be.

1 comment:

  1. I had the same experiance in Fredensborg. Lovely weather, clear skys after a clear night with heavy frost, but no birds, only a flock of 8 waxbills and then 3 fieldfares. Apart from that just great tits, bluetits & sparrows.