Sunday, 28 November 2010

Snowy Dungeness

The Visitor Centre Today
  A freezing start at Walland Marsh started with a Common Buzzard sat out in the middle of a field. Lots of Thrushes in the Hawthorns including one flock of  1000+ Fieldfare

Snipe at side of road

. With all the ditches frozen there were several Snipe feeding on the verges. At the feeders the Tree Sparrows were still gorging on Sunlower Hearts along with a Goldfinches and Chaffinches. 3+ Marsh Harriers were quartering various fields but still no Geese or Swans.
At the ARC Pit a single red head Smew and 4 more Marsh Harriers, 3 Chiffchaffs in the Willow Trail.
On the reserve from Firth hide there were at least 5 more Marsh Harriers  and 2 Ruddy Duck with good numbers of Pintail, Gadwall, Shovellor and Wigeon. On the way to Denge Marsh hide the sky seemed to be full of Marsh Harriers a count of 10 in the air together in 360
degree scan.
Not suprisingly i had the hide
to my self.
 A little Grebe gave brilliant
close views
as did another Ruddy Duck
and one of the 2 Black-necked Grebes.


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